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},

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. Some


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 the

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.

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.

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 nearby

Differences in Site Fidelity Among Territorial Males of the Carpenter Bee Xylocopa Varipuncta (Hymenoptera: Anthophoridae)

The rarity of site-faithful males in this species may be related to great daily fluctuations in the numbers of potentially receptive females visiting the landmark territories, which may make the timing of male mate-attracting behavior far more important than regularly returning to defend any one site.

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.

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.

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 without

Alternative mating tactics in males of Polistes dominulus (Hymenoptera: Vespidae)

Field and laboratory data suggest that R males have an advantage in mating, particularly if they engage in frequent flights while on their territories, and these alternative mating tactics within the same population are combined with behavioural flexibility in some individuals.



Biology of a California rodent bot fly Cuterebra latifrons Coquillett (Diptera: Cuterebridae).

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.

Field Behavior of Adult Cephenemyia (Diptera: Oestridae),

  • E. P. Catts
  • Environmental Science, Biology
    The Canadian Entomologist
  • 1964
Aggregating habits and seasonal occurrence of two species of deer nasal bot flies (Cephenemyia apicata and C. jellisoni) were studied through two seasons in California, finding that marked males tended to remain at a specific site throughout the day's activity.

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 against

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.

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.


Abstract Aggregation sites for male Cuterebra grisea Coquillett were found near areas where deermice were infested by botfly larvae. At these sites which were near streams or roadsides, male C.

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.


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.