Copulation behaviour of Lygocoris pabulinus under laboratory conditions.

A.T. Groot, E. van der Wal, A. Schuurman, J.H. Visser, L.H.M. Blommers, T.A. van Beek

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As a prerequisite to the elucidation of the sex pheromone of the green capsid bug Lygocoris pabulinus (L.), we studied the bug's reproductive development and behaviour. When kept under long-day conditions (L18:D6) at 25 °C, both males and females start to copulate 4 days after the final moult. Second matings occur in some females, even on consecutive days. The premating period is 10 min on average and copulation lasts 1 to 2 min. At long range, when males are attracted to traps baited with live females, we did not observe a specific calling position of the females. At short range, a characteristic courtship behaviour of the females was not observed either. Males showed a characteristic vibration of the abdomen, which was repeated several times before copulation. This behaviour can be used as a bioassay to test potential sex pheromone compounds.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)219-228
JournalEntomologia Experimentalis et Applicata
Publication statusPublished - 1998


  • Close-range courtship behaviour
  • Ethogram
  • Heteroptera
  • Long-range calling behaviour
  • Miridae
  • Sex pheromone
  • Vibrational signal


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