Adaptation of the Mediterranean Fruit Fly (Diptera: Tephritidae) to Artificial Rearing

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When both sexes of wild Mediterranean fruit fly, Ceratitis capitata (Wiedemann), were used to start a new laboratory colony, the following numbers of generations were required to reach measurements similar to a strain adapted to artificial rearing for about 5.5 yr (60-70 generations): four for survival, more than six for fecundity and fertility, about five for larval development speed, one to two for pupal recovery and size, two for adult emergence, and about four for adult Hightability. When the laboratory-adapted strain was partly renewed by crossing its females with wild males, no substantial differences from the laboratory-adapted strain were observed during the first six generations.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: June 1, 1992

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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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