Prolonged mating in the milkweed leaf beetle Labidomera clivicollis clivicollis (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae): a test of the “sperm-loading” hypothesis

@article{Dickinson2004ProlongedMI,
  title={Prolonged mating in the milkweed leaf beetle Labidomera clivicollis clivicollis (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae): a test of the “sperm-loading” hypothesis},
  author={J. Dickinson},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
  year={2004},
  volume={18},
  pages={331-338}
}
  • J. Dickinson
  • Published 2004
  • Biology
  • Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
SummaryFemale milkweed leaf beetles (Labidomera clivicollis clivicollis) frequently mate with more than one male, and pairs form mating associations which last for up to 42 h in the field. I tested the hypothesis that males remaining with females for long periods of time benefit by numerically overwhelming the sperm of their competitors. Male L.c.clivicollis copulated intermittently with females throughout an 11 hour period in the laboratory. When virgin females were allowed a single copulation… Expand
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