Males mate guard in absentia through extended effects of postcopulatory courtship in the parasitoid wasp Spalangia endius (Hymenoptera: Pteromalidae).

@article{King2005MalesMG,
  title={Males mate guard in absentia through extended effects of postcopulatory courtship in the parasitoid wasp Spalangia endius (Hymenoptera: Pteromalidae).},
  author={Bethia Hurlbutt King and Curt R. Fischer},
  journal={Journal of insect physiology},
  year={2005},
  volume={51 12},
  pages={1340-5}
}
The proximal mechanisms leading to monandry have been little studied in most insect orders, including Hymenoptera. In the parasitoid wasp Spalangia endius, mated females are less attractive (less often mounted) than virgins and are unreceptive (unlikely to allow copulation). Which aspects of mating are responsible was tested by observing male responses toward females whose mating had been interrupted at various stages. All females were allowed to receive precopulatory courtship and to open… CONTINUE READING
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