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Nymphs of the common bed bug (Cimex lectularius) produce anti-aphrodisiac defence against conspecific males

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Title
Nymphs of the common bed bug (Cimex lectularius) produce anti-aphrodisiac defence against conspecific males
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BMC Biology, September 2010
DOI 10.1186/1741-7007-8-121
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Authors

Vincent Harraca, Camilla Ryne, Rickard Ignell

Abstract

Abdominal wounding by traumatic insemination and the lack of a long distance attraction pheromone set the scene for unusual sexual signalling systems. Male bed bugs (Cimex lectularius) mount any large, newly fed individual in an attempt to mate. Last instar nymphs overlap in size with mature females, which make them a potential target for interested males. However, nymphs lack the female's specific mating adaptations and may be severely injured by the abdominal wounding. We, therefore, hypothesized that nymphs emit chemical deterrents that act as an honest status signal, which prevents nymph sexual harassment and indirectly reduces energy costs for males.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Germany 2 2%
Portugal 1 <1%
Netherlands 1 <1%
Sweden 1 <1%
South Africa 1 <1%
United States 1 <1%
Unknown 110 94%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 20 17%
Student > Ph. D. Student 15 13%
Student > Bachelor 14 12%
Student > Master 10 9%
Other 6 5%
Other 15 13%
Unknown 37 32%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 61 52%
Environmental Science 3 3%
Chemistry 3 3%
Medicine and Dentistry 2 2%
Earth and Planetary Sciences 2 2%
Other 8 7%
Unknown 38 32%