Effect of male mating history and age on remating by female European corn borer

Panagiotis G. Milonas, George K. Partsinevelos, David A. Andow

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If mating with an inferior male has high fitness costs, females may try to avoid mating with these males. Alternatively, females may accept an inferior male to ensure they have obtained at least one mate, and/or to avoid the costs of resisting these males. We hypothesized that females compensate for mating with an inferior male by remating. We tested this hypothesis by measuring remating propensity in females that had mated with an old, multiply- mated male, a 9-day-old virgin male, or a young, virgin male. Females were more likely to remate when they had mated with multiply-mated males than when they had mated with a 9-day-old or young virgin male. We discuss the observed mating behavior by females in terms of sexual selection for multiple mating.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere0175512
JournalPloS one
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2017

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