A White-Eyed Mutant of the Mediterranean Fruit Fly

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A white-eyed female Mediterranean fruit fly, Ceratitis capitata (Wiedemann), was found in the laboratory culture at Honolulu, Hawaii (Fig. 1). This female was placed with normal unmated males (i.e., males with dark-bluish eyes having erimson centers such as are found in the laboratory cultures and in the native populations) in an ovipositional cage (Keiser et al. 1972), provided with sugar, water, and protein hydrolysate, and allowed to mate. Twelve days later, eggs were collected from the gravid female, counted, and placed on the standard larval-rearing medium (Tanaka et al. 1969). Subsequently, the pupae were removed and held for adult emergence. The resulting F1 progeny were all of the normal phenotype. To perpetuate the white-eyed character for use as a genetic marker, we allowed the normal-appearing F1 progeny to mate. The resulting F2 progeny had either normal-appearing eyes or white eyes.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 16, 1973

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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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