Threading a needle with reinforced thread : intromission in Ceratitis capitata ( Diptera , Tephritidae )

@inproceedings{Eberhard2005ThreadingAN,
  title={Threading a needle with reinforced thread : intromission in Ceratitis capitata ( Diptera , Tephritidae )},
  author={William G. Eberhard},
  year={2005}
}
The intromission of the male’s long, flexible, threadlike phallus into the female’s similarly long, thin, S-shaped vagina in tephritid flies is mechanically challenging. The male of the Mediterranean fruit fly, Ceratitis capitata (Wiedemann, 1824), folds the basal portion of his phallus back on itself, inserts the folded portion into the female, and then gradually unfolds his phallus inside her vagina. The site of the fold in the phallus gradually moves distally, deeper into the female… CONTINUE READING
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