Male common fruit fly (Drosophila Melanogaster) - about 2 mm long - sitting on a blade of grass with green foliage background
The Sex Appeal of Symmetric Songs
Female fruit flies assess the physical symmetry of male suitors through the songs they sing, a study claims.
The Sex Appeal of Symmetric Songs
The Sex Appeal of Symmetric Songs

Female fruit flies assess the physical symmetry of male suitors through the songs they sing, a study claims.

Female fruit flies assess the physical symmetry of male suitors through the songs they sing, a study claims.

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A pair of zebra finches in a cage
Animal Divorce: When and Why Pairs Break Up
Catherine Offord | Jun 1, 2022
Many species of birds and other vertebrates form pair bonds and mate with just one other individual for much of their lives. But the unions don’t always work out. Scientists want to know the underlying factors.
Infographic showing genetic and social monogamy in birds
Infographic: A New Look at Monogamy Across the Animal Kingdom
Catherine Offord | Jun 1, 2022
Advances in genetics in recent years has revealed that many apparently exclusive pairs in fact sometimes mate with individuals other than their partner, but social monogamy is widespread.
Fruit Fly Males Woo Females with Three Songs, Not Two
Abby Olena | Jul 26, 2018
Researchers show that Drosophila melanogaster males are capable of producing more modes of courtship song with their wings than previously thought.
Image of the Day: Bird-of-Paradise
The Scientist Staff and The Scientist Staff | Apr 25, 2018
A unique courtship dance clued researchers in to the fact that they had a new species on their hands.
Meet the Arachnid That May Add a New Chapter to the Book on Sensory Biology
Mary Bates | Dec 1, 2017
The whip spider senses the world in weird and wonderful ways.
Tune Into the Animal Kingdom
The Scientist Staff | Feb 28, 2017
A survey of sounds from birds to whales to fruit flies to fish
Behavior Brief
Catherine Offord | Feb 11, 2016
A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research
Behavior Brief
Karen Zusi | Jan 4, 2016
A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research
Unraveling the Female Fruit Fly Mating Circuit
Kate Yandell | Jul 2, 2014
Three teams identify different components of the female Drosophila nervous system that govern mating behaviors.
Capsule Reviews
Bob Grant | Jul 1, 2014
Sex on Earth, Wild Connection, The Classification of Sex, and XL Love
Laser-Guided Chastity
Ruth Williams | Jul 1, 2014
Scientists devise a precision-targeted system for training, tracking, and tweaking fruit fly social behavior.
Slippery Passion
Bob Grant | Jun 30, 2014
Observe the sinuous sensuality of mating brook lampreys (Lampetra planeri).
Doodoo Rendezvous
Bob Grant | Jun 30, 2014
Watch flightless dung beetles (Circellium bacchus), sneaky copulators and crap connoisseurs, do their thing in South Africa.
Males Court Bearded Ladies Less
Yao-Hua Law | Nov 6, 2013
Blue badges that make female lizards less attractive to potential mates are paradoxically common.
Gifts During Sex Matter After
Yao-Hua Law | Oct 28, 2013
Female spiders prefer sperm from males with gifts, a study shows.
Fly Leg Sensors Recognize Mates
Chris Palmer | Jul 1, 2013
Male fruit flies use a sensory system in their legs to help determine whether a potential mate is from a different species.