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Tag: Mating Behavior

Female Dragonflies Fake Death To Avoid Sexual Harassment

A zoologist made a surprising discovery while observing odonates in the Swiss Alps. Female dragonflies pretend to die when harassed by males that wish to mate.

Animals April 30, 2017

Why Some Animals Are Gay: Beetle Study Shows Reproductive Benefits Of Same-Sex Mating

Swedish researchers found that same-sex sexual behavior among seed beetles is encouraged by genes that can benefit reproduction in the other sex. Find out how same-sex mating in beetles offers evolutionary gains.

Animals May 13, 2016

Female Beetles Stave Off Amorous Males Using Pheromones, Study Finds

Pheromones are the tool of choice for females to keep away males wishing to mate. Why would the insects want to avoid having offspring?

March 22, 2016

Social Environment Can Affect Sexual Orientation, Fruit Fly Study Suggests

Japanese scientists have discovered how a fruitless gene mutation can alter sexual behavior in male fruit flies raised in groups. Those with the mutated gene tend to pursue other male fruit flies without direct stimulation or sex pheromone priming.

LIFE February 24, 2016

Study Finds Monogamy Is Genetic (At Least In Prairie Voles)

Researchers from the University of Texas at Austin discovered that some male prairie voles engage in promiscuous behavior contrary to the species' long-standing reputation as monogamous. The team believes this is caused by a hormone found in the brain of the animals.

December 15, 2015

Songbirds Tap Dance To Attract Potential Mates [Video]

Blue-capped cordon-bleus not only sing to attract their potential mates, but they also perform fancy footwork. Researchers managed to film the rapid-fire dancing of these tiny songbirds.

November 20, 2015

This Male Spider Mutilates Female Genitalia To Stop Future Mating

Researchers found that a certain species of male spiders tear off a part of their female's genitalia to prevent copulation with other spiders. Researchers think that this morbid way of securing paternity security may also be prevalent in other spider species.

Animals November 9, 2015

Females In Colder Climates More Promiscuous Than Those In Hotter Regions, Insect Study Reveals

A new insect study revealed that females are more promiscuous in colder climates compared to those living in hotter regions. Researchers examined fruit flies from different regions and observed their sexual behavior.

Earth/Environment October 28, 2015

Female Flies Found To Be More Promiscuous In Cold Climates, But Monogamous Behavior Is Based On Genes

Researchers found that while female fruit flies tend to have more sex partners in cooler climates, the insect’s genetics play a major role in whether or not they practice monogamy.

Animals October 27, 2015

Forget 'Angry Birds': Birds Fall In Love And There Are Arranged Bird Marriages, Too

Birds that are forced to mate with partners they don't like tend to exhibit poor parenting skills and overall family life, a new study shows. Arranged marriage is thus not for birds because they do fall in love too.

Earth/Environment September 16, 2015

Female Túngara Frogs Susceptible to Decoy Effect, Presence Of Third Male Affects Mating Preference

Preference of female túngara frogs for potential mate is susceptible to change when presented with a third option. The so-called decoy effect is popularly used as a marketing tactic that also tend to influence human decisions.

August 28, 2015

Giant Mouse Lemur Boasts Largest Testicles Of All Primates

Scientists from the Bristol Zoological Society, the Oxford Brookes University and the German Primate Center have found that the northern giant mouse lemur, which typically weighs a meager 11 ounces, has the largest pair of testicles relative to its body mass among primates.

Earth/Environment July 5, 2015

Looking For Mr. Perfect? Settle For Mr. OK Instead

Evolution has driven us to be risk-averse when it comes to choosing a mate, researchers say. Waiting for Mr. or Ms. "Right" is seen as a high-stakes survival gamble.

February 8, 2015

Aggressive Male Chimps More Likely to Mate, Have Offspring

Aggressive male chimpanzees who use their strength to sexually intimidate females sire more offspring than more passive males, a new study has found.

November 13, 2014

Massive swarm of mayflies terrorize Wisconsin residents

Mayflies are swarming around Wisconsin, and causing trouble on the highways. The tiny animals will soon be on their way, leaving behind millions of skeletons.

July 28, 2014

Neotrogla: The female of this insect species have spiny penises and can copulate for days...What??!?

During mating, the females of a newly-discovered group of insects grow penis-like organs they then insert into males. What is the reason for this unusual sexual reversal?

Animals April 20, 2014

Scientists use laser to mind-control flies and turn them into sex maniacs

Scientists were surprised to learn that a laser beam can be used to flip a fly’s mating switch. Getting hit by laser beams has caused a number of flies to attempt to mate with the nearest object.

Animals March 8, 2014

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