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Mating and Breeding News
May 19, 2019

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A new study reveals the loss of plant diversity harms the humble bumblebee at a critical stage in its development from egg ... read more
In a new study, researchers found that female guppies often choose a mate that physically stands out from the rest of the pack because of a common type of learning called ... read more
Working to understand the genetics of peanut disease resistance and yield, researchers led by scientists at the University of Georgia have uncovered the peanut's unlikely and ... read more
While many scientists are focused on the decline of honey bees, relatively few study bumble bees. The good news is that a new study provides an estimate on bumble bee ... read more
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Egg Yolk Precursor Protein Regulates Mosquitoes' Attraction to Humans

Feeding mosquitoes sugar makes them less attracted to humans, a response that is regulated by the protein vitellogenin, according to a new ... read more

The discovery of dozens of pregnant giant devil rays tangled in fishing nets in a village along Mexico's Gulf of California could mean the endangered species has a previously unknown birthing ... read more

Sand Tiger Sharks Return to Shipwrecks Off N.C. Coast

A study reveals shipwrecks off North Carolina's coast are important habitats for sand tiger sharks, whose population plummeted in the 1980 and 1990s. Photos taken months and even years apart by ... read more

Researchers studying near-identical species of millipedes found a new way to tell them apart: shining a blacklight on them. Under the UV light, parts of the different species' genitals will glow ... read more

Physical traits and behaviors that make a lizard sexy -- features used to attract potential mates and fend off competitors -- may be important enough that they do not change in the face of stress, ... read more

Honey, I Ate the Kids: The Sweet Side of Filial Cannibalism

Why do some animals eat or abandon their offspring? According to researchers, these might actually be forms of parental care. Their mathematical model shows that when overcrowding threatens offspring ... read more

Could Climate Change Cause Infertility?

A number of plant and animal species could find it increasingly difficult to reproduce if climate change worsens and global temperatures become more extreme -- a stark warning highlighted by new ... read more

Researchers have found colonies of tropical fire ants, native to Florida and coastal Georgia, that thrive with multiple queens and in close proximity to single-queen colonies of the same ... read more

Diet During Development Affects Mating Habits, Insect Study Shows

An animal's choice of mating partner can be influenced by what it eats during its sexual development, a study of insects has ... read more

Reproduction: How Male Flies Enforce Their Interests

During mating, both males and females sometimes evolve creative strategies to pursue their interests. Researchers have now found out: male flies manipulate their partners primarily in order to ... read more

Researchers analyzed an evolutionary tree reconstructed from the DNA of a majority of known bat species and found four bat lineages that exhibit extreme longevity. They also identified, for the first ... read more

Researchers have found a dramatic decline of 14 wild bee species that are, among other things, important across the Northeast for the pollination of major local crops like apples, blueberries and ... read more

Behavioral Ecology: Personalities Promote Adaptability

Bold great tits lay their eggs earlier when under threat, the shy ones put it off. Such personality differences help maintain the biological variation essential for the survival of populations, as ... read more

Researchers conducted behavioral observations and collected urine samples for cortisol analysis of male chimpanzees of the Tai National Park, Ivory Coast, during periods of intense male-male ... read more

Screw-Shaped Bird Sperm Swim Faster -- But It Comes at a Cost

New research suggests that bird sperm cells with a spiral or screw-like shape swim faster than straighter sperm -- but that the spiral shape also makes them more ... read more

Scientists report on their quest to get to the bottom of a common assumption about the urban landscape: ticks like long grass. In 144 tick drags in 16 suburban lawns in Springfield, Mass., ... read more

A groundbreaking two-year study in southern Oregon found greater abundance and diversity of wild bees in areas that experienced moderate and severe forest fires compared to areas with low-severity ... read more

Biologists Observe a Three-Toed Skink Lay Eggs and Give Birth to a Live Baby

In a world first, biologists have observed a three-toed skink lay eggs and give birth to a live baby from the same pregnancy, opening a useful pathway to study the evolution of ... read more

Plentiful Females Keep Male Crickets Young

Male crickets age more slowly if they have access to plenty of females, new research ... read more

Brightly-Colored Fairy Wrens Not Attacked by Predators More Than Their Dull Counterparts

Biologists have examined the factors that drive the predation levels of Australia's fairy wrens. After measuring attack rates on both conspicuously and dull colored 3D fairy wren models in ... read more

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