Courtship and mating in the crusader bug, Mictis profana (Fabricius)

Nikolai J. Tatarnic, John R. Spence

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    Abstract

    Mating behaviour in the crusader bug, Mictis profana (Heteroptera: Miridae) is described. Using scan samples of marked individuals in outdoor enclosures, it is shown that larger males secure more matings than do small males. From videotaped recordings of captive individuals, a series of stereotyped male courtship behaviours are documented, which appear to include the use of a putative weapon - the median abdominal tubercle - in tactile stimulation of the female. The fighting behaviour of this species based on videotaped observations of male-male combat over access to females was also described.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)151-155
    Number of pages5
    JournalAustralian Journal of Entomology
    Volume52
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2013

    Keywords

    • Fighting behaviour
    • Heteroptera
    • Leaf-footed bug
    • Mictini

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