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Oviposition behavior of laboratory-reared and wild Caribbean fruit flies (Anastrepha suspensa; Diptera: Tephritidae): I. Selected chemical influences



Oviposition behavior of laboratory-reared and wild Caribbean fruit flies (Anastrepha suspensa; Diptera: Tephritidae): I. Selected chemical influences



Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata 26(3): 227-238



Ovipositional responses of laboratory-reared (LR) and wild A. suspensa (Loew) females were evaluated upon presentation of selected chemical stimuli. Among these, sucrose and several inorganic salts did not influence strongly oviposition site acceptance by either LR or wild flies. Alkaline media were rejected and acidic media preferred for oviposition by both LR and especially wild flies. A diethyl ether surface rinse of guava fruits (Psidium guajava L.), a normal host plant, applied to black paraffin domes failed to promote oviposition by either LR or wild A. suspensa females due to the overriding effect of the strong physical stimuli (shape and color) provided by black domes. The ether rinse did promote oviposition by LR flies when applied to flat black plates, but wild flies did not respond to the plates irrespective of chemical treatment, apparently because the plates were not recognized as potential oviposition sites by wild flies. Primary plant constituents may be of little importance in oviposition site (fruit) recognition and acceptance by this highly polyphagous species. Secondary plant compounds such as naringin and quinine were capable of inhibiting oviposition, and deterrents such as these might limit the host range of this species. There was little difference observed in responses of LR and wild flies to oviposition-deterring agents.

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DOI: 10.1111/j.1570-7458.1979.tb02923.x


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