Age based female mate preference in Drosophila malerkotliana
Female prefers to mate with middle age aged males more frequently over young or old males. Further it was found that in these female prefers middle aged male to obtain direct benefits greater fecundity and fertility. It was found that in all the three geographical strains middle aged male had copulated longer time with female compared to young and old males. Among three geographical strains studied flies of Chamarajanagar strain had copulated longest while flies of Bellur strain copulated for shortest time.