Selection for Flight Propensity of Laboratory and Wild Strains of Anastrepha suspensa and Ceratitis capitata (Diptera: Tephritidae)

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A laboratory strain of a Caribbean fruit fly, Anastrepha suspense (Loew), and wild and laboratory strains of the Mediterranean fruit fly, Ceratitis capitata (Wiedemann), displayed improved flight propensity after selection procedures in the laboratory. The trait increased gradually after successive generations of rearing and remained high in both species after selection pressure was ceascd. The greatest magnitude of increase was 3-fold for a laboratory strain of A. suspensa, 3-fold for a laboratory strain of C. capitata, and 1.7-fold for a wild strain of C. capitata. The work provides a method to improve flight propensity among laboratory-reared insects as an alternative to the introduction of wild insects into the gene pool.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 1, 1983

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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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