Host Age Response in the Parasitoid Wasp Spalangia cameroni (Hymenoptera: Pteromalidae)

@article{King2004HostAR,
  title={Host Age Response in the Parasitoid Wasp Spalangia cameroni (Hymenoptera: Pteromalidae)},
  author={Bethia Hurlbutt King},
  journal={Journal of Insect Behavior},
  year={2004},
  volume={11},
  pages={103-117}
}
Female Spalangia cameroni produced more offspring from younger house fly pupae, both when given a choice of host ages and when not given a choice. Host age did not affect offspring survivorship. Offspring were larger when they had developed on younger hosts and the effect was independent of offspring sex. Having previously parasitized old hosts versus young hosts did not reduce a female's production of offspring in subsequent hosts. Females distinguished between young and old hosts both in the… CONTINUE READING

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