LEKKING BEHAVIOR OF THE BLACK SOLDIER FLY
December 2001JEFFERY K. TOMBERLIN AND D. CRAIG SHEPPARD
Tingle et al. (1975) described the black soldier fly mating behavior. Males were attracted to ”calling” females in the same ”resting” area and mating occurred on the ground with the male and female facing opposite directions. However, Copello (1926) noted that mating occurred during flight. We provide a description of the mating, which differs from that provided by Tingle et al. (1975), and lekking behaviors of the black soldier fly, which may be important to maintaining this natural waste management system.