Food makes male flies frisky

Courtship in a classic lab insect is driven by fruity smells

By Nick Bascom, 16:43 PM September 28, 2011

It’s the smell of food that gets male fruit flies in the romantic mood, says a new study exploring the sexual habits of Drosophila melanogaster

When trying to woo an attractive female the sexually excited male fruit fly becomes a kind of troubadour, playing a love song with one wing as it waltzes behind its object of desire. But what exactly provokes this courtly behavior has been a mystery. 

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