Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Behavior

Volume

68

Publication Date

1-1-1979

First Page

118

Last Page

135

Abstract

The chalcidoid wasp Nasonia (-Mormoniella) vitripennis (Walker) is a common parasite of the pupae of cyclorrhaphous flies. The wasps are easily propagated in the laboratory, and in many respects they have proved to be excellent subjects for experimentation. The animals' small size (2-3 mm) is a minor handicap. The species has a distinct courtship which has been described by BARRASS (1900) and Miller & Tsao ( 1974). The courtship display provides good opportunities for causal and functional analyses.

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