Rhythmicity of mating and oviposition inCallosobruchus subinnotatus (Pic) (Coleoptera: Bruchidae)

Abstract

Mating and oviposition behaviors were studied inCallosobruchus subinnotatus. Copulation was most frequent during the late scotophase, 2–3 h before onset of photophase. The females were less willing to mate during photophase, which increased the time to initiate mating while decreasing the duration of mating. Females exhibited increased movement prior to mating, resting immediately after mating, and remained stationary for 6 h when oviposition commenced. Multiple mating by both males and females affected the number of eggs laid, duration of mating, and uncoupling time at the end of mating. Females that mated two or three times laid more eggs than females that mated once or more than three times. Females that remainedin copula for less than 18 min showed greater readiness to remate than those that remainedin copula longer. There was a gradual decrease in the number of eggs females could lay with an increase in the number of previous matings by males.

DOI: 10.1007/BF02765607

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@article{Mbata2007RhythmicityOM, title={Rhythmicity of mating and oviposition inCallosobruchus subinnotatus (Pic) (Coleoptera: Bruchidae)}, author={George N. Mbata and Shengqiang Shu and Sonny B. Ramaswamy}, journal={Journal of Insect Behavior}, year={2007}, volume={10}, pages={409-423} }