Isolation of the abdomen releases oviposition behaviour in females of the cricket, Acheta domesticus

Grant M. Carrow, Rafael de Jesus Cabeza, Glenn Flores

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Upon isolation, abdomens of adult female house crickets (Acheta domesticus) produced abdominal and ovipositor movements characteristic of normal oviposition. Oviposition behaviour was thus released even in reproductively mature or immature virgins where under normal conditions it was never observed. Decapitation was not sufficient to release oviposition behaviour but transection of the ventral nerve cord between the thorax and the abdomen of immobilized females evoked the response. These observations indicate that the motor programmes for certain components of the oviposition sequence reside in the abdominal ganglia. Moreover, the prerequisite circuitry for ovipositional posturing of the abdomen and ovipositor appears to be functional prior to sexual maturity and insemination, primed by mating, and subject to inhibition by the thoracic ganglia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)401-404
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Insect Physiology
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1982


  • Acheta domesticus
  • Oviposition behaviour
  • cricket
  • descending inhibition
  • motor programme
  • ventral nerve cord transection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Insect Science


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