Comparison of Adult Life History Traits in Lines Artificially Selected for Long and Short Larval and Pupal Developmental Periods in the Melon Fly, Bactrocera cucurbitae (Diptera: Tephritidae)

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Abstract

Eight life history traits of adults were compared between lines selected for long and short larval and pupal developmental periods in the melon fly, Bactrocera cucurbitae (Diptera: Tephritidae). The traits compared were: (1) preoviposition period (days); (2) female age at peak fecundity (days); (3) number of eggs at peak fecundity; (4) total fecundity; (5) longevity of males; (6) longevity of females; (7) age at first mating; and (8) number of lifetime matings. There were no consistent differences among the eight traits between long and short lines, except for the preoviposition period that was measured at generation 5 and 6 for long and short lines, respectively. These results are discussed in relation to quality control using mass-reared melon flies in Okinawa.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)335-343
Number of pages9
JournalApplied Entomology and Zoology
Volume31
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1996
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Bactrocera cucurbitae
  • Developmental period
  • Life history
  • Mass-rearing
  • Selection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Insect Science

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