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Unformatted text preview: pupate in early spring, and emerge as adults within the synconium. The wingless male impregnates the female inside the ovary and then perishes. The winged female exits the synconium through the ostiole, where she is covered with pollen from staminate flowers clustering around the orifice. The winged female then migrates to other small figs, deposits an egg in each of a number of pistils and then dies. However, when the female enters the common fig which contains only long-styled pistils which are not adapted to oviposition, the insect perishes, but not before pollination has been accomplished. There are as many as three crops of figs in each season. The first crop, called profichi, are formed on wood of the previous years growth. They may contain the wasp or, if uninhabited, are called blanks. The inhabited profichi are usually dark green, firm and plump, while the blanks are yellowish green, ribbed and inclined to be spongy. The next crop, called mammoni , are produced in the axils of the current seasons growth and are often pollinated by wasps from...
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This note was uploaded on 11/18/2011 for the course HIST 302 taught by Professor Jensic during the Summer '10 term at Purdue University-West Lafayette.
- Summer '10