Effect of social isolation on behavior of drosophila silvestris from hawaii usa

De-Melo-Sene, F.

Proceedings of the Hawaiian Entomological Society 22(3): 469-474


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Despite an innate courtship behavior, imagos of D. silvestris (Perkins) need training to perform a successful courtship. This training can take place either with flies of the opposite sex of a different species, or with flies of the same sex of its own species. It is postulated that effective population size is influenced by the interaction of an inhibition of sexual behavior and a form of anti-social behavior caused by a prolonged period of social isolation.