Remembrance Of Things Past Influences How Female Field Crickets Select Mates

Wednesday, April 29, 2009 - 10:35 in Biology & Nature

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 and may act as a linchpin in evolution.

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