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Remembrance of Things Past Influences How Female Field Crickets Select Mates
April 21, 2009
Univerisity of California, Riverside biologists researching the behavior of field crickets have found that female crickets remember attractive males based on the latter's song, and use this information when choosing mates. The researchers found that female crickets compare information about the attractiveness of available males around them with other incoming signals when selecting attractive males for mating. The finding shows that social learning has profound impacts on insect behavior.
University of California - Riverside
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