Horizontal transmission and recombination of Wolbachia in the butterfly tribe Aeromachini Tutt, 1906 (Lepidoptera: Hesperiidae).
Zimiao Zhao, Jianqing Zhu, Ary A Hoffmann, Lijun Cao, Li Shen, Jie Fang, Shuojia Ma, Qunxiu Liu, Weidong Yu, Liying Tang, Yongqiang Wang, Weibin Jiang
G3 (Bethesda) | Oxford University Press (OUP) | Published : 2021
Wolbachia is arguably one of the most ubiquitous heritable symbionts among insects and understanding its transmission dynamics is crucial for understanding why it is so common. While previous research has studied the transmission pathways of Wolbachia in several insect lineages including Lepidoptera, this study takes advantage of data collected from the lepidopteran tribe Aeromachini in an effort to assess patterns of transmission. Twenty-one of the 46 species of Aeromachini species were infected with Wolbachia. Overall, 25% (31/125) of Aeromachini specimens tested were Wolbachia positive. All Wolbachia strains were species-specific except for the wJho strain which appeared to be shared by t..View full abstract