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The 'in-law effect': Male fruit flies sleep around but females keep it in the family

Academics / General Science : Science Daily (2 years ago)

A study of mating preferences in fruit flies (Drosophila) has found that males and females respond to the sexual familiarity of potential mates in fundamentally different ways. While male fruit flies preferred to court an unknown fe...

Male extinction prevented by promiscuous females

Academics / General Science : Science Codex (12 months ago)

LIVERPOOL, UK – 2 April 2014: Female fruit flies with a large number of sexual partners are playing an invaluable role in preventing the extinction of males, research at the University of Liverpool has shown. Scientists have found t...

Male or female? In flies, some cells can't tell

Academics / General Science : Science Daily (5 years ago)

An experienced fruit fly researcher can tell at a glance whether the fly she is observing is male or female; a distinct pigmentation pattern on a fly's body (a type of bristle found only on the legs of males) and differences in the ...

Can't Compete On Dung? Try Mating On Apple Pomace

Academics / General Science : Science Daily (6 years ago)

In the mating world of yellow dung flies, large, males almost always get the girl. However, a new study suggests that smaller males rule if presented with an opportunity to woo females when they are not hanging out on cow dung. Smal...

European dung-fly females all aflutter for large males

Academics / General Science : Science Daily (3 years ago)

European dung fly females prefer large males, making them the driving selective force behind the rare phenomenon in insects of large males and small females. This is what evolutionary ecologists discovered when they compared North A...


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