oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - Ten generations inbreeding of Acraea horta (L.) (Lepidoptera)



The South African garden acraea, Acraea horta (L), has been reared in captivity through ten generations under conditions of inbreeding (mostly brother-sister matings), without loss of vigour or any other deleterious effects. The methods used are descriptionbed, as well as some difficulties encountered (diapause, parasites), and the ways of combating these difficulties. Some variability within the strain used in the experiment was noted, though there were no clear indications of a concealed pool of genetic variability which had become overt due to inbreeding.


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