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Preening and Abdomen Dipping By the Male Mormoniella Vitripennis (Walker) (Hymenoptera, Pteromalidae) After Courtship

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Abdomen dipping and preening movements are described. Fewer preening movements occur when a male is undisturbed than after courtship and more after courtship of 20 females than after a single courtship. Abdomen dipping movements may occur when the male is undisturbed but they occur characteristically after courtship. More abdomen dipping movements follow mating than follow courtship of non-receptive females. These movements are compared to the 'displacement activities' described in other groups of animals.


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Affiliations: 1: The Sunderland Polytechnic, Sunderland, England


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