Mating behaviors in parasitic wasps
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Mating behavior was examined in two species of parasitic wasps, Spalangia endius and Nasonia vitripennis. Contact, mounting, courting, and copulatory behavior were investigated for both species. Observations over reencounter behaviors were also examined. Male mate choice of virgin or mated females was looked at for N. vitripennis. N. vitripennis tended to initially contact both virgins and mated females. However, males copulated more with virgins. The behaviors that showed up most consistently in both species were wing fanning, leg tapping, and dorsal mounting. When the wasps would reencounter each other after copulation, S. endius would not court again, whereas N. vitripennis will. These females even became receptive to copulate again.