Feminization of genetic males by a symbiotic bacterium in a butterfly, Eurema hecabe (Lepidoptera: Pieridae)

@article{Hiroki2002FeminizationOG,
  title={Feminization of genetic males by a symbiotic bacterium in a butterfly, Eurema hecabe (Lepidoptera: Pieridae)},
  author={Masato Hiroki and Yoshiomi Kato and Takehiko Kamito and Kazuki Miura},
  journal={Naturwissenschaften},
  year={2002},
  volume={89},
  pages={167-170}
}
Wolbachia are symbiotic bacteria found in many arthropods and filarian nematodes. They often manipulate the reproduction of host arthropods. In the present study, female-biased sex-ratio distortion in the butterfly Euremahecabe was investigated. Breeding experiments showed that this distorted sex ratio is maternally inherited. When treated with tetracycline, adult females of the thelygenic line produced male progeny only. After PCR using Wolbachia-specific primers for the ftsZ gene a positive… CONTINUE READING