Hilltop territoriality in a Sonoran desert bot fly (Diptera: Cuterebridae)

  title={Hilltop territoriality in a Sonoran desert bot fly (Diptera: Cuterebridae)},
  author={John Alcock and John Schaefer},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
Males of an undescribed species of Cuterebra bot fly defend territories along ridge tops in the Sonoran desert of central Arizona. The most consistently occupied site, an 18 m2 territory at the peak of a ridge, was usually defended by a single male for the entire (2–2.5 h) flight period of the morning. An average of five other males visited the peaktop territory each day from mid-February to early June and engaged in chases with the resident before departing. The resident male was very likely… Expand
Hilltopping in the nymphalid butterfly Chlosyne californica (Lepidoptera)
During a 2-month spring flight season, males of the butterfly Chlosyne californica perch in and defend open areas of ca. 5-10 m2 near prominent palo verdes on ridgetops in the Sonoran Desert. SomeExpand
Abstract On a hilltop in central Arizona, males of the wasp, Astata boharti, exhibit fidelity to certain perch sites on the ground, while males of Astata occidentalis return to perch sites on theExpand
Hilltop aggregation sites and behavior of male Cephenemyia trompe (Diptera: Oestridae)
Four aggregation sites for male Cephenemyia trompe Modeer were studied in the Kluane Game Sanctuary, southwest Yukon; activity was a function of both temperature and light intensity. Expand
Long-Term Stability in the Mating System of the Bot Fly Cuterebra austeni (Cuterebridae)
The bot fly Cuterebra austeni exhibits year-to-year consistency in its landmark-based hilltopping mating system, and a number of males succeeded in monopolizing a perching area over a substantial part of the brief morning flight period in 2002 and 1980. Expand
Convergent evolution in perching and patrolling site preferences of some hilltopping insects of the Sonoran Desert
New data is provided on the year to year stability of territorial preferences of the wasp Hemipepsis ustulata and the key parameters of perch sites that determine their relative attractiveness to the wasps are identified to present new evidence showing that different species have similar preferences for available territory sites. Expand
The mating system of a bee fly (Diptera: Bombyliidae). I. Non-resource-based hilltop territoriality and a resource-based alternative
The mating system of an undescribed Australian bee fly (Comptosiasp. near lateralisNewman) was studied in Southeast Queensland. Males perched in clearings on a wooded hilltop and darted toward nearbyExpand
Differences in Site Fidelity Among Territorial Males of the Carpenter Bee Xylocopa Varipuncta (Hymenoptera: Anthophoridae)
Lekking males of the carpenter bee Xylocopa (Neoxylocopa) varipuncta compete for landmark territories, where they are occasionally visited by receptive females. In a study conducted over three flightExpand
Leks and hilltopping in insects
The ecological basis for the diversity in the behaviour of male hilltopping insects appears linked to differences in population density, which affect the costs of territoriality, and differences in the nature of female choice, which are little understood as yet. Expand
The mating system of a bee fly (Diptera: Bombyliidae). II. Factors affecting male territorial and mating success
Hilltop males were larger than males at a nonhilltop, resource-based mating site and the possibility of alternative mating tactics is discussed, suggesting the presumed advantages of traits such as large size may be suppressed. Expand
The scramble competition mating system of the sphecid wasp Palmodes praestans (Kohl)
Males of the wasp Palmodes praestans engage in non‐territorial patrolling behaviour within a scramble competition mating system, showing great fidelity to their wide‐ranging patrolling routes withoutExpand


Biology of a California rodent bot fly Cuterebra latifrons Coquillett (Diptera: Cuterebridae).
  • E. P. Catts
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Journal of medical entomology
  • 1967
The behavior of Cuterebra Latifrons adults was observed at hilltop aggregation sites in Marin County, California, from June through October with peak periods in late August with seasonal peaks in numbers of infected woodrats appear related to host activities. Expand
Aggregation and territoriality of Cuterebra lepivora (Diptera:Cuterebridae).
Two aggregations of male Cuterebra lepivora were discovered in an open area of brush and dry grasses in Poso Creek basin, Kern Co., California, USA. Males established and defended territories againstExpand
Field behavior and seasonal activity of the rodent bot fly, Cuterebra tenebrosa, central Washington (Diptera: Cuterebridae)
Behavior and activity of the rodent bot fly, Cuterebra tenebrosa Coquillett, was studied at a natural aggregation site in central Washington, where the peak of flight activity was followed by a decline in activity through September. Expand
Hilltop Aggregation and Mating Behavior by Gasterophilus Intestinalis (Diptera: Gasterophilidae)
Hilltop aggregation and mating by the horse bot fly, Gasterophilus intestinalis, was studied at 2 locations in western North America to indicate a short 1-day life span for aggregated males that requires alternative mating patterns: hilltop aggregation or para host mating. Expand
The behaviour of male orchid bees (Apidae, Hymenoptera, Insecta) and the question of leks
The male territories of two species of orchid bees, Eulaema meriana and Euglossa imperialis, are described, consisting of a perch, where the males display on the trunk of a tree, and a route flown from and back to the perch. Expand
Studies on the life history and development of Cuterebra polita (Diptera: Cuterebridae) in four species of rodents.
The rate and success of development in the 4 rodent species was variable, but terminal larval development averaged about 22 days, and on the basis of larval characteristics, C. polita and C. thomomuris appear to be independent, valid species, though they share a common host. Expand
This review treats successively the large genus Cutere­ bra, the monotypic but economically and medically significant genus Der­ matobia, and the four other cuterebrid genera, followed by a listing of cited references. Expand