Males perceive honest information from female released sex pheromone in a moth

Yiftach Golov, Adrea Gonzalez-Karlsson, Russell Jurenka & Allly Harari
There is accumulating evidence that male insects advertise their quality to conspecific females through pheromones. However, most studies of female released sex pheromone assume information transfer regarding merely the species of the female and her mating status. We show that more and precise information is conveyed through the female sex pheromone, positioning it as an honest sexual trait. We demonstrate that females in bad physical conditions (small, starved or old) lay significantly fewer eggs than...
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