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Chemosensory cues allow male Tenebrio molitor beetles to assess the reproductive status of potential mates

Abstract:

Males of many insect species, including beetles, choose their mates according to their reproductive status. However, the ways in which male beetles evaluate female reproductive status have received little attention. We tested the existence of male mate choice in the mealworm beetle, Tenebrio molitor, by observing mating and courtship behaviour of males given simultaneous access to pairs of females differing in their reproductive status: (1) mature versus immature; (2) virgin versus previously...

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Journal:
Animal Behaviour
Volume:
68
Issue:
1
Pages:
123-129
Publication date:
2004-07-05
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ISSN:
0003-3472
URN:
uuid:9fd237d4-6a60-46cd-a976-75580851d4d1
Source identifiers:
377926
Local pid:
pubs:377926
Language:
English

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