Treefrogs fool predators with mating call choirs

Male treefrogs throw off predators teaming up with others to sing out their mating calls in quick succession, researchers say.

Abbey Nickel-Purdue • futurity
May 6, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: science-and-technology frogs mating predators sounds

Lizards change ‘cologne’ to communicate in new places

After relocating to islets with no predators, Aegean wall lizards changed the chemical signals they use to communicate with each other, researchers say.

Talia Ogliore-WUSTL • futurity
April 22, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: science-and-technology communication lizards mating predators senses

New take on same-sex behavior in animals asks ‘why not?’

Same-sex behavior in animals is not only "not costly" from a natural selection perspective, but it also may have important benefits.

Kevin Dennehy-Yale • futurity
Nov. 20, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: science-and-technology evolution mating sexes

This frog’s mating call attracts predators, too

The mating calls túngara frogs make have an unfortunate side effect: attracting one of their main predators.

Kayla Zacharias-Purdue • futurity
Nov. 11, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: featured science-and-technology communication conservation frogs mating-call predators

Mating sounds from mosquito wings could inspire quieter drones

The way a mosquito uses its wings to make special sounds to attract a mate could lead to ways to build quieter drones, researchers say.

Johns Hopkins University • futurity
Nov. 8, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: science-and-technology drones flight mating mosquitoes wings

Bird bacteria works like a come-on to other birds

"The odors produced by birds are unique to them... Alter that bacteria and the bird could be less attractive to potential mates."

Jessi Adler-Michigan State • futurity
Oct. 29, 2019 ~3 min

Tags: science-and-technology bacteria birds communication mating odor

How being yellow messes up fruit fly sex lives

A single genetic mutation both turns male fruit flies yellow and keeps them from mating effectively. How is that possible? Sex combs.

Jim Erickson-Michigan • futurity
Oct. 17, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: science-and-technology colors fruit-flies genes mating melanin

In flocks of birds, couples stick together

Flocks of birds aren't one cohesive unit. Instead, mated pairs of birds within the flock are most loyal to each other.

Andrew Myers-Stanford • futurity
May 13, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: science-and-technology birds drones flight mating robots social-lives

Stress doesn’t stop male lizards from showing off

Stress doesn't stop male fence lizards from trying to look sexy, research finds.

Gail McCormick-Penn State • futurity
April 18, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: science-and-technology lizards mating reproduction stress

Primate guys get to look snazzy or have big testicles

"In a nutshell, the showiest males have the smallest testes."

Beat Müller-U. Zurich • futurity
April 10, 2019 ~3 min

Tags: science-and-technology competition evolution mating sexes testicles

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