Courtship and mating in the crusader bug, Mictis profana (Fabricius)

Nikolai J. Tatarnic, John R. Spence

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Mating behaviour in the crusader bug, Mictis profana (Heteroptera: Miridae) is described. Using scan samples of marked individuals in outdoor enclosures, it is shown that larger males secure more matings than do small males. From videotaped recordings of captive individuals, a series of stereotyped male courtship behaviours are documented, which appear to include the use of a putative weapon - the median abdominal tubercle - in tactile stimulation of the female. The fighting behaviour of this species based on videotaped observations of male-male combat over access to females was also described.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)151-155
Number of pages5
JournalAustralian Journal of Entomology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2013
Externally publishedYes


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