Submitted to: Florida Entomological Society Annual Meeting
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: May 21, 2008
Publication Date: July 14, 2008
Citation: Kendra, P.E., Sanchez, J.S., Montgomery, W.S., Epsky, N.D. 2008. Ovary development in two genetic strains of Caribbean fruit fly (Diptera: Tephritidae). Florida Entomological Society Annual Meeting. Technical Abstract: Olfactory reception and behavioral responses to semiochemicals are influenced by an insect's physiological state, including sexual maturity. For tephritid fruit flies, reliable methods are needed for assessing maturity status of field-caught adults. Previously, we developed a six-stage system to classify ovary maturation in a laboratory strain of the Caribbean fruit fly, Anastrepha suspensa. In this study, we evaluated a wild strain of A. suspensa to document differences in female maturation between the two genetic strains.