How to translate text using browser tools
28 March 2017 Males Use Accessory Gland Substances to Inhibit Remating by Females in West Indian Sweetpotato Weevil (Coleoptera: Curculionidae)
Chihiro Himuro, Yusuke Ikegawa, Atsushi Honma
Author Affiliations +

The West Indian sweetpotato weevil Euscepes postfasciatus (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) is one of the major pests of sweetpotato, Ipomoea batatas (L.) Lam. (Convolvulaceae). A sterile insect technique (SIT) program for eradicating this weevil is underway in Okinawa Prefecture. Although mated females of E. postfasciatus temporarily become unreceptive to subsequent mating, the physiological mechanism underlying this has not been clarified, despite its practical importance. To elucidate this mechanism, we investigated the effects of male-derived substances on the inhibition of mating receptivity of virgin females by injecting the substances into their abdomens. The length of time from injection to mating in virgin females was significantly longer in females injected with accessory gland B solution than in those injected with control solution. For those injected with the contents of seminal vesicles, or accessory glands A and C, there were no significant differences compared to the control. In this study, we showed that mated females have a long refractory period (about 14 d) because males of E. postfasciatus inhibit female remating by using seminal fluid substances. We discuss the optimal timing of the release of sterilized insects in SIT eradication programs, to exploit the mating system of E. postfasciatus.

© The Authors 2017. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of Entomological Society of America. All rights reserved. For Permissions, please email:
Chihiro Himuro, Yusuke Ikegawa, and Atsushi Honma "Males Use Accessory Gland Substances to Inhibit Remating by Females in West Indian Sweetpotato Weevil (Coleoptera: Curculionidae)," Annals of the Entomological Society of America 110(4), 374-380, (28 March 2017).
Received: 11 November 2016; Accepted: 21 January 2017; Published: 28 March 2017

This article is only available to subscribers.
It is not available for individual sale.

accessory gland substance
female remating inhibition
pest of sweetpotato
refractory period
West Indian sweetpotato weevil
Get copyright permission
Back to Top