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BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS OR KISS OF DEATH? SURVIVAL AND SEXUAL PERFORMANCE OF PROTEIN-FED, STERILE MEDITERRANEAN FRUIT FLIES (DIPTERA: TEPHRITIDAE)
A BSTRACT The sterile insect technique (SIT) is increasingly being used around the world to control Ceratitis capitata (Wiedemann) (Diptera: Tephritidae), the Mediterranean fruit fly as part of an area-wide integrated approach. One option that may improve the effectiveness of the SIT, by increasing the sexual competitiveness of released sterile males, consists of feeding males protein during the post-teneral stage, a diet that increases sexual performance of wild males. We examine the effectsdoi:10.1653/0015-4040(2007)90[115:bocoko]2.0.co;2 fatcat:g6ggm3quqbakjjyrt2chqgfrpy