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Record number 40549
Title Copulation behaviour of Lygocoris pabulinus under laboratory conditions.
Author(s) Groot, A.T.; Wal, E. van der; Schuurman, A.; Visser, J.H.; Blommers, L.H.M.; Beek, T.A. van
Source Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata 88 (1998). - ISSN 0013-8703 - p. 219 - 228.
Department(s) Laboratory of Entomology
Research Institute for Plant Protection
Laboratory for Organic Chemistry
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 1998
Abstract As a prerequisite to the elucidation of the sex pheromone of the green capsid bug Lygocoris pabulinus (L.), we studied the bug's reproductive development and behaviour. When kept under long-day conditions (L18:D6) at 25 °C, both males and females start to copulate 4 days after the final moult. Second matings occur in some females, even on consecutive days. The premating period is 10 min on average and copulation lasts 1 to 2 min. At long range, when males are attracted to traps baited with live females, we did not observe a specific calling position of the females. At short range, a characteristic courtship behaviour of the females was not observed either. Males showed a characteristic vibration of the abdomen, which was repeated several times before copulation. This behaviour can be used as a bioassay to test potential sex pheromone compounds.
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