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International Journal of Tropical Insect Science

, Volume 25, Issue 3, pp 176–181 | Cite as

Short- and long-term benefits of promiscuity in the seven-spotted ladybird Coccinella septempunctata (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae)

  • Shefali Srivastava
  • OmkarEmail author
Article

Abstract

The effects on the reproductive responses and the offspring fitness in monogamous and promiscuous females of the seven-spotted ladybird Coccinella septempunctata Linnaeus were studied. Reproductive responses were higher in monogamous and promiscuous females with unlimited mating than those subjected to limited mating. Monogamous females with unlimited mating recorded longer oviposition period and higher fecundity than those subjected to limited mating. Promiscuous females with multiple mating recorded the longest oviposition period, the highest fecundity and percentage egg viability (short-term benefits), and the shortest developmental period, maximum larval survival and adult emergence (long-term benefits).

Key words

Coccinella septempunctata ladybird mating monogamy promiscuity 

Résumé

On a étudié les effets de la monogamie et de la polygamie des femelles de la coccinelle à sept points Coccinella septempunctata Linnaeus sur la reproduction et sur le succès du développement de la descendance. La reproduction est meilleure chez les femelles monogames et polygames pouvant s’accoupler plusieurs fois par rapport à celles ne s’accouplant qu’une fois. Les femelles monogames s’accouplant plusieurs fois ont une plus longue période d’oviposition et une fécondité plus élevée que celles ne pouvant s’accoupler qu’une fois. Les femelles polygames ont une période reproductive plus longue, une fécondité et une fertilité plus élevées (bénéfices à courts termes), une durée de développement plus courte et une survie larvaire et un taux d’émergence des adultes maxima (bénéfices à longs termes).

Mots clés

Coccinella septempunctata coccinelle accouplement monogamy polygamy 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Ladybird Research Laboratory, Department of ZoologyUniversity of LucknowLucknowIndia

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