Leave me alone: solitary females attract more mates in a nocturnal insect

Topi Lehtonen & Arja Kaitala
Spatial distributions of sexual competitors and potential mating partners have a large impact on sexual selection and mating systems. Typically, such effects are investigated with regard to male aggregations. However, females may also need to compete for mating opportunities. Here, we investigated consequences of clustering and rival attractiveness on female mate attraction success under field conditions in a nocturnal beetle, the common glow-worm, Lampyrus noctiluca. We placed dummy females of two glow intensity (attractiveness) levels...
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