Incidence of male-killing Rickettsia spp. (alpha-proteobacteria) in the ten-spot ladybird beetle Adalia decempunctata L. (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae).

@article{Schulenburg2001IncidenceOM,
  title={Incidence of male-killing Rickettsia spp. (alpha-proteobacteria) in the ten-spot ladybird beetle Adalia decempunctata L. (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae).},
  author={J H von der Schulenburg and Michael Habig and John J. Sloggett and K Mary Webberley and Dominique Bertrand and Gregory D D Hurst and Michael E. N. Majerus},
  journal={Applied and environmental microbiology},
  year={2001},
  volume={67 1},
  pages={270-7}
}
The diversity of endosymbiotic bacteria that kill male host offspring during embryogenesis and their frequencies in certain groups of host taxa suggest that the evolution of male killing and the subsequent spread of male-killing symbionts are primarily determined by host life history characteristics. We studied the 10-spot ladybird beetle, Adalia decempunctata L. (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae), in which male killing has not been recorded previously, to test this hypothesis, and we also assessed… CONTINUE READING