Factors Influencing the Choice of Female Mate Rejection Strategies in the Seaweed Fly Coelopa nebularum (Diptera: Coelopidae)

Abstract

Female Coelopa nebularum attempt to avoid mating with males by adopting up to three behavioral responses. Kicking and shaking are designed to dislodge mounted males, whereas downward abdominal curling prevents engagement of genitalia. We find that some females are more willing to mate than others, but their choice of rejection strategy is inconsistent… (More)
DOI: 10.1023/A:1007863618979

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