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Med Vet Entomol. 1988 Jul;2(3):293-6.

A field study of mating between two species of bedbug in northern KwaZulu, South Africa.

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  • 1Department of Tropical Pathology, School of Pathology, South African Institute for Medical Research, Johannesburg.


The interspecific cross-mating of female Cimex lectularius Linnaeus with male Cimex hemipterus (Fabricius) results in a visible mark developing in the female ectospermalege. This mark has been used to record the frequency of mating between female C.lectularius and male C.hemipterus in sympatric wild populations in a DDT-sprayed area of northern KwaZulu, South Africa. A high percentage (11/16 = 69%) of C.lectularius females were marked, showing that these two species mate in nature.

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