Attractants in the Courtship Behavior of Drosophila Melanogaster

  • Renée Venard
Part of the Basic Life Sciences book series (BLSC, volume 16)


Chemical communication among insect individuals is specially important for sexual communication.1,2 One or both sexes produce sex-pheromone(s) which induces a specific behavioral response in the mate. This behavior may include: locomotor stimulation, attraction, arrest of movement. Several chemicals are known to be responsible for this phenomenon.


Latency Time Courtship Behavior Sexual Communication Male Courtship Male Pair 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • Renée Venard
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  1. 1.Molecular Biology UnitTata Institute of Fundamental ResearchBombayIndia

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