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Acoustical behavior and sexual success in the Caribbean fruit fly, Anastrepha suspensa (Loew) (Diptera: Tephritidae)



Acoustical behavior and sexual success in the Caribbean fruit fly, Anastrepha suspensa (Loew) (Diptera: Tephritidae)



Environmental Entomology 13(3): 650-656



Male A. suspensa (Loew) produce two female-directed sounds, the calling and precopulatory songs. Aspects of these were correlated to factors thought important in male sexual success and compared in males that copulated and males that failed to mate. Both sounds became more intense with male size. Large males tended to have calling songs of lower fundamental frequency, but frequency of precopulatory songs and size was uncorrelated. The calling song's fundamental frequency bandwidth was broader in unsuccessful flies, perhaps reflecting physical disability. Precopulatory songs may be the last acoustic opportunity for males to demonstrate their "quality" and receive further cooperation from females they have mounted. Unsuccessful precopulatory songs were not as loud and had a broader bandwidth than successful songs.

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DOI: 10.1093/ee/13.3.650


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