Thirsty females mate for a drink in promiscuous beetles

And now for something a little different – a story from Syracuse University about my research on the VERY active sex lives of the red flour beetle:

lizdrogeyoung-003Elizabeth Droge-Young has long been fascinated by the mysteries and motivations behind sexual selection. But the promiscuity among females of one particular species—the red flour beetle—had her particularly stumped. These beetles would mate multiple times over the course of a day, sometimes multiple times an hour. Were they getting something more out of the mating process than the sperm they needed to reproduce? If so, what? [read on]

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