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Host Selection Behaviour of the Parasitoid Leptopilina Cla Vipes , in Relation To Survival in Hosts

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The probability of survival to adulthood of Leptopilina clavipes, a solitary endoparasitoid of Drosophila larvae developing in fungi, was studied in 6 of its potential host species. Survival probabilities ranged from 0 % to 100%. Decisions concerning which hosts to parasitize directly affect offspring production. Host selection decisions of parasitoids with respect to 4 of the Drosophila species were studied in laboratory experiments. The results suggest that L. clavipes is unable to distinguish between D. phalerata and D. kuntzei. Larvae of D. busckii and D. immigrans are selected roughly in accordance with the survival probabilities for these species. With the exception of D. immigrans, oviposition behaviour of wild caught parasitoids towards these Drosophila was the same.

Affiliations: 1: (University of Leiden, Department of Population Biology, P. O. Box 9516, 2300 RA Leiden, The Netherlands


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