The mating behaviour of the egyptian cotton leafworm moth, spodoptera littoralis (Boisd.)

@article{Ellis1980TheMB,
  title={The mating behaviour of the egyptian cotton leafworm moth, spodoptera littoralis (Boisd.)},
  author={P. Ellis and L. C. Brimacombe},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={1980},
  volume={28},
  pages={1239-1248}
}
  • P. Ellis, L. C. Brimacombe
  • Published 1980
  • Biology
  • Animal Behaviour
  • Abstract A detailed study of courtship in Spodoptera littoralis showed that there were four significant behaviour patterns. The male flew to a calling female and hovered above her with his brushes fully extended. In response, the female lifted her wings, curved her abdomen and withdrew her pheromone gland. The male settled beside the female to pair and then moved to hang head downwards during copulation. Thirty percent of successful courtships lacked one of the main behaviour patterns. Nearly… CONTINUE READING
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