Don’t mount so fast! That bug could be a boy

Study examines same-sex mating behavior in bugs

By Bethany Brookshire, 17:43 PM October 25, 2013

There are many animal species out there that exhibit same-sex mating behavior. This can take the form of courtship behaviors, solicitation, all the way through to mounting and trading off sperm. In some species, it’s clear that some of this behavior is because the animals involved have pair bonded. But what about insects? Many insects mate quickly, a one and done approach, with very little bonding involved beyond what’s needed to protect against other potential suitors. When it comes to bugs,...

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