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Mating Frequency and Fertility of Mediterranean Fruit Fly1 Females Alternately Mated with Normal and Irradiated Males2

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When female Ceratitis capitata (Wiedemann) initially mated with normal or irradiated (10 kr) males, were repeatedly allowed to remate up to 22 days of age with opposite types of males, 41.3% females remated with normal males and 26.7% remated with irradiated males. The effect of the 2nd mating on female fertility is independent of the time interval between the 1st and 2nd matings.

Fertility of females alternately mated to both types of males increased by 68.2% when the last mating was with normal males and decreased by 43.4% when the last mating was with irradiated males. Fertility of females which did not remate within 7 days was only slightly affected when these females were caged for 2 weeks with males opposite to the type employed in the initial matings.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: August 1, 1970

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  • Journal of Economic Entomology is published bimonthly in February, April, June, August, October, and December. The journal publishes articles on the economic significance of insects and is divided into the following sections: apiculture & social insects; arthropods in relation to plant disease; forum; insecticide resistance and resistance management; ecotoxicology; biological and microbial control; ecology and behavior; sampling and biostatistics; household and structural insects; medical entomology; molecular entomology; veterinary entomology; forest entomology; horticultural entomology; field and forage crops, and small grains; stored-product; commodity treatment and quarantine entomology; and plant resistance. In addition to research papers, Journal of Economic Entomology publishes Letters to the Editor, interpretive articles in a Forum section, Short Communications, Rapid Communications, and Book Reviews.
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