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Bumblebee Buzz Scares Birds Out Of Nest
2013-05-29 08:57:01

Rebekah Eliason for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Bumblebees like to make their nests in holes insulated with plant materials. Freshly built bird nests can provide the perfect homes for bees, and they frequently invade newly made bird nests and take them over as their own. But how does a tiny bumblebee scare away a bird many times its size, and how does it choose which nest to invade? Piotr Jablonski and his colleagues from the Laboratory of Behavioral Ecology and Evolution at...

2009-06-11 10:55:00

In a study published in the open-access, peer-reviewed journal PLoS ONE June 10, Chang Seok Han and Piotr Jablonski at Seoul National University, Korea, report that by evolving a morphological shield to protect their genitalia from males' forceful copulatory attempts, females of an Asian species of water strider seem to "win" the evolutionary arms race between the sexes. Instead, females only expose their genitalia for copulation after males produce a courtship "song" by tapping the water...


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  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
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