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Sex pests

发布时间:2019-03-08 05:16:06来源:未知点击:

SEXUAL harassment can stop insects laying eggs, say biologists in Georgia. Female true bugs of the species Neacoryphus bicrucis, give courting males the run-around, but this behaviour is not the result of the females being choosy, according to Kelly McLain and Anne Pratt of the University of Georgia in Statesboro. As the researchers will report in a forthcoming issue of Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, mated females confined with males laid fewer eggs because pestering forced the females to abandon the plants where they usually lay their brood. The males’ behaviour may have a hidden benefit, however,