Differences in learning between wild and laboratory Ceratitis capitata flies

Daniel R Papaj, Ronald J. Prokopy, Paul T. McDonald, Tim T Y Wong

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Abstract

Laboratory-reared and wild-collected adult female Mediterranean fruit flies, Ceratitis capitata Wiedemann, were exposed to two host fruit species, sweet orange (Citrus sinensis L.) and mock orange (Murraya paniculata Jack: Rutaceae). The effect of experience with a fruit species on acceptance of these fruit species (i.e., learning) differed between lab and wild females, but only for flies that were exposed to mock orange. Similar differences in fruit acceptance between lab and wild females were observed when individuals experienced with one fruit species were exposed to the other fruit species (i.e., switching). Finally, when each group was exposed to sweet orange, wild flies subsequently deprived of host fruit retained the effect of exposure on acceptance of mock orange 1 day longer than did lab flies subsequently deprived of host fruit. An hypothesis is presented by which selection under artificial culture gave rise to these differences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)65-72
Number of pages8
JournalEntomologia Experimentalis et Applicata
Volume45
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1987
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Ceratitis capitata
  • genetic variation
  • learning
  • oviposition

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  • Insect Science

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Differences in learning between wild and laboratory Ceratitis capitata flies. / Papaj, Daniel R; Prokopy, Ronald J.; McDonald, Paul T.; Wong, Tim T Y.

In: Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata, Vol. 45, No. 1, 09.1987, p. 65-72.

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Papaj, Daniel R ; Prokopy, Ronald J. ; McDonald, Paul T. ; Wong, Tim T Y. / Differences in learning between wild and laboratory Ceratitis capitata flies. In: Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata. 1987 ; Vol. 45, No. 1. pp. 65-72.
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