Experimental & Applied Acarology

, Volume 36, Issue 3, pp 187–197 | Cite as

Mating behavior of the predatory mite Kampimodromus aberrans (Acari: Phytoseiidae)

  • Maria L. Pappas
  • George D. Broufas
  • Dimitris S. Koveos


The mating behavior of the predatory mite Kampimodromus aberrans was studied in the laboratory at a constant temperature of 25± 1 °C and a photoperiod of 16:8 (L:D). Forty pairs of newly emerged virgin females and unmated males, were maintained separately on leaf discs and their mating behavior, was observed continuously under a stereomicroscope. The mean time until first contact of female and male individuals was approximately 8.2 min. After the first contact the male moved to the top of the female’s dorsum and subsequently underneath her in approximately 1.7 min and then the paired mites walked around on the leaf surface for approximately 7.5 min. Afterwards, the mites remained still in the mating position, i.e. the male beneath the female for an average period of 230.5 min. After mating, most of the females had one spermatophore in one of their spermathecae, whereas a few had one spermatophore in both spermathecae.


Insemination mode Kampimodromus aberrans Mating behavior Phytoseiidae 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Maria L. Pappas
    • 1
  • George D. Broufas
    • 2
  • Dimitris S. Koveos
    • 1
  1. 1.Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Faculty of AgricultureLaboratory of Applied Zoology and ParasitologyThessalonikiGreece
  2. 2.Democritus University of Thrace, Department of Agricultural DevelopmentLaboratory of Agricultural Entomology and ZoologyOrestiadaGreece

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