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Title: Does Mating with Ginger Root Oil-Exposed Males Confer Fitness Benefits to Female Mediterranean Fruit Flies, Ceratitis capitata (Diptera: Tephritidae)?
Authors: Shelly, Todd E.
Keywords: Ceratitis capitata
mating behavior
fruit flies
ginger root
show 8 moreegg hatchability
essential oils
volatile compounds
insect development

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Issue Date: Nov-2005
Publisher: Hawaiian Entomological Society
Citation: Shelly TE. 2005. Does mating with ginger root oil-exposed males confer fitness benefits to female Mediterranean fruit flies, Ceratitis capitata (Diptera: Tephritidae)? Proc Hawaiian Entomol Soc 37:65–71.
Abstract: Females of the Mediterranean fruit fly, Ceratitis capitata (Wiedemann), mate preferentially with males previously exposed to the aroma of ginger root oil, which contains the known male attractant α-copaene, over non-exposed males. As males of certain insect species are capable of absorbing and metabolizing air-borne molecules, this study examined whether females gain fitness benefits through mating with ginger root oil-exposed males, who might transfer oil-derived compounds during mating. Four components of fitness — female fecundity, female longevity, egg hatch, and egg-to-pupal development — were measured in the laboratory for females mated to exposed and non-exposed males. Despite female preference for oil-exposed males, mating with such males did not result in elevated performance for any of the four parameters measured. The evolution of female mate choice in C. capitata is discussed in light of these findings.
ISSN: 0073-134X
Appears in Collections:Volume 37 - November 2005 : Hawaiian Entomological Society

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