Courtship song components affect male and female Drosophila differently

  title={Courtship song components affect male and female Drosophila differently},
  author={Stella A. Crossley and Henry C. Bennet-Clark and Helen T. Evert},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},

Acoustic communication in Drosophila melanogaster courtship: Are pulse- and sine-song frequencies important for courtship success?

It is suggested that for both these signals, frequency is not involved in the mating success of D. melano- gaster.

Courtship song in Drosophila melanogaster :a differential effect on male-female locomotor activity

It was showed that the broadcast of the courtship song alone produced no effect on female locomotion, and the sum of visual, tactile, acoustic, and chemical stimuli provided by the male may act together to trigger female receptivity.

Sound production during agonistic behavior of male Drosophila melanogaster

Analysis of the patterns and importance of sound signals generated during agonistic interactions of male Drosophila melanogaster finds sound producing wing movements seem to be generated intentionally to serve as a specific signal during fruit fly agonistic encounters.

Female preference for fly song: playback experiments confirm the targets of sexual selection

Direct examination of female preferences supports the previous studies ofmale mating success, and confirms female song preference as a likely determinant of male mating success.

Song Choice Is Modulated by Female Movement in Drosophila Males

It is reported that the courting male dynamically adjusts the relative proportions of the song components, pulse song or sine song, by assessing female locomotion, and accordingly coordinates his song choice, which enhances the probability of his successful copulation.

Variation and consistency of female preferences for simulated courtship songs inDrosophila virilis

The majority of females responded to only one song type, which suggests that the females varied in their preferences and that their preference windows were rather narrow.

Selectivity and Plasticity in a Sound-Evoked Male-Male Interaction in Drosophila

This study demonstrates the selectivity and behavioral kinetics of the sound-induced interacting behavior of Drosophila males, and provides a basis for the systematic analysis of genes and neural circuits underlying complex acoustic behavior.

Courtship Initiation Is Stimulated by Acoustic Signals in Drosophila melanogaster

It is shown that when visual cues are not available, sounds produced by the female allow the male to detect her presence in a large arena, and mechanical signals generated by a female fly have a prominent effect on males' courtship in the dark, which leads the way to studying how multimodal sensory information and arousal are integrated in behavioral decision making.

Male courtship song drives escape responses that are suppressed for successful mating

The results suggest that courtship song has a dual role, promoting both escape and pause in females and that escape is suppressed by the activity of 70A09 neurons, allowing mating to occur.



Drosophila courtship song cycles in normal andperiod mutant males revisited

Courtship songs of normal males and those expressing short-period, long-period, and arrhythmic mutations at theperiod (per) locus ofDrosophila melanogaster have been reanalyzed for rhythmic

Learning and memory mutations impair acoustic priming of mating behaviour in Drosophila

Testing whether prior exposure of females to a rhythmic pulse song speeds up subsequent mating performance reports here that it does, and learning and memory mutations, expressed in the females to whom songs are being played, either ‘block’ or attenuate the effectiveness of acoustical priming.

The role of auditory stimuli in the courtship of Drosophila melanogaster

The function of courtship song rhythms in Drosophila

The response of Drosophila parabipectinata to simulated courtship songs

Simulated D. parabipectinata short song significantly increased the locomotor activity of, and number of courtship interactions between, wingless male flies in the absence of female flies when played at sound levels of 78-84 dB, and removal of both wings showed that the wings, as sound producers, are important for courtship success.

The function of pulse song and sine song in the courtship of Drosophila melanogaster

Stimuli provided by Courtship of Male Drosophila melanogaster

Drosophila melanogaster males perform a movement termed vibration, in which one wing is held out horizontally at right angles to the body and vibrated in the vertical plane, which is very important in stimulating sexual receptivity in the female.

Behavioral and sensory basis of courtship success in Drosophila melanogaster.

  • T. Markow
  • Biology
    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
  • 1987
The multivariate courtship profiles deviated most widely from those of successful wild-type pairs when the male or female was unable to receive information in the sensory channel most important for successful mating by that sex.

Circadian rhythm mutations in Drosophila melanogaster affect short-term fluctuations in the male's courtship song.

  • C. KyriacouJ. C. Hall
  • Biology
    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
  • 1980
Both circadian rhythms and a very short, noncircadian oscillation appear to be influenced by the same gene.

Multivariate analysis of Drosophila courtship.

  • T. MarkowS. Hanson
  • Biology, Psychology
    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
  • 1981
Correlation analyses failed to single out any particular male or female behaviors as being influential in controlling courtship duration, and transmission analysis carried out on the joint male/female transition matrix showed a higher transmission rate from males to females than from females to males.