Do sterile females affect the sexual performance of sterile males of Anastrepha ludens (Diptera: Tephritidae)?
Article first published online: 23 JUL 2012
© 2012 Blackwell Verlag, GmbH
Journal of Applied Entomology
Volume 137, Issue 5, pages 321–326, June 2013
How to Cite
Orozco, D., Hernández, M. R., Meza, J. S. and Quintero, J. L. (2013), Do sterile females affect the sexual performance of sterile males of Anastrepha ludens (Diptera: Tephritidae)?. Journal of Applied Entomology, 137: 321–326. doi: 10.1111/j.1439-0418.2012.01748.x
- Issue published online: 9 MAY 2013
- Article first published online: 23 JUL 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 19 JUN 2012
- Manuscript Received: 15 FEB 2012
- Campaña Nacional Contra Moscas de la Fruta
- Anastrepha ludens ;
- induction of sterility;
- sterile insect technique
The release of sterile males to suppress the Mexican fruit fly Anastrepha ludens (Loew) population was simulated in field cages to compare the sexual performance of sterile males with wild females in the presence and absence of sterile females. Using different release ratios of sterile and wild individuals, this study showed that the presence of sterile females negatively affected the sexual performance of sterile males in mating with wild females. We found that the sterility induced was proportional to the magnitude of the sterile/fertile ratio. These results indicate that the release of sterile males without sterile females can significantly improve the efficiency of the sterile insect technique for the control of A. ludens.