Laboratory observations on mating and leklike aggregations in Lutzomyia longipalpis (Diptera: Psychodidae).

@article{Jarvis1992LaboratoryOO,
  title={Laboratory observations on mating and leklike aggregations in Lutzomyia longipalpis (Diptera: Psychodidae).},
  author={Edward Jarvis and Lloyd. Rutledge},
  journal={Journal of medical entomology},
  year={1992},
  volume={29 2},
  pages={171-7}
}
The mating behavior of the sand fly, Lutzomyia longipalpis, was studied under laboratory conditions. Male sand flies landed on the bodies of anesthetized mice, where they exhibited leklike displays such as wing fanning, parading, and aggression. Lek behavior was more frequent in older males, and dominance hierarchies were established. Male sand flies at leks copulated more frequently than male sand flies at other locations in the cage. Females mated by older males produced more eggs than did… CONTINUE READING
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