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

Med Vet Entomol. 1988 Jul;2(3):293-6. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2915.1988.tb00198.x.


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.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Bedbugs / physiology*
  • Female
  • Male
  • Nutritional Status
  • Sexual Behavior, Animal
  • South Africa