Pair-clinging behavior by males ofAtrophaneura alcinous (Lepidoptera: Papilionidae)

  title={Pair-clinging behavior by males ofAtrophaneura alcinous (Lepidoptera: Papilionidae)},
  author={Nobuhiko Suzuki and Kazuma Matsumoto},
  journal={Journal of Ethology},
Females ofAtrophaneura alcinous usually mate soon after eclosion. Their ostium bursae becomes plugged with male secretion which reduces chances of remating. Males frequently cling to a copulating pair and wait for completion of copulation. This was observed in 66% of 198 copulating pairs, with a maximum of 5 males clinging at one time during the course of a copulation. Males clinging for longer periods were more successful in copulation with the freshly mated female than those clinging for… CONTINUE READING