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Radiation effects on Drosophila suzukii (Diptera: Drosophilidae) reproductive behaviour

Krüger, Alexandra P., Schlesener, Daniele C. H., Martins, Liliane N., Wollmann, Jutiane, Deprá, Maríndia, Garcia, Flávio R. M.
Journal of applied entomology 2019 v.143 no.1-2 pp. 88-94
Drosophila suzukii, female fertility, females, insects, male sterility, males, pests, reproductive behavior, sterile insect technique
Female remating is a widespread behaviour, reported in several insect species. This behaviour can affect the efficiency of sterile insect technique (SIT); however, little is known about the postcopulatory behaviour of some pest species considered as candidates to be controlled by this technique, such as Drosophila suzukii (Matsumura, 1931) (Diptera: Drosophilidae). In this study, we investigated the effects of male and female sterilization on mating and remating behaviour of D. suzukii. First, we tested the occurrence of multiple mating in different combinations between sterile and fertile males and females. Then, we tested the effects of male and female sterility on female propensity to mate and remate. We found an overall low remating rate by D. suzukii females. Male sterility did not influence mating and remating likelihood; however, copula duration of sterile males was shorter compared to fertile males. On the other hand, sterile females were less likely to mate. Our findings encourage further research regarding the use of SIT to control D. suzukii.