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Courtship Behavior in Relation to the Female Sex Pheromone in the Parasitoid, Aphidius ervi (Hymenoptera: Braconidae)

Author:
McClure, Melanie, Whistlecraft, Jay, McNeil, Jeremy N.
Source:
Journal of chemical ecology 2007 v.33 no.10 pp. 1946-1959
ISSN:
0098-0331
Subject:
Aphidius ervi, parasitoids, females, sex pheromones, biosynthesis, males, courtship, mating behavior, diurnal variation, age
Abstract:
Mating in the aphid parasitoid, Aphidius ervi, is mediated by sex pheromones. Virgin females produce pheromones that stimulate both upwind flight and elicit close-range courtship behavior by males. Field studies and laboratory bioassays demonstrated that time of day and adult age affect both the emission of, and receptivity to, the sex pheromones. In contrast, mating affected female pheromone production, but not male responsiveness.
Agid:
712858