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Gnatocerus cornutus
Dave Hosken

Females Beetles Want Lovers, Not Fighters

Male horned beetles shouldn’t waste their time sparring with competitors, a new study suggests. Rather, they should work on their charm. Experiments by scientists at the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom and Okayama and Tsukuba universities in Japan have found that females of the species Gnatocerus cornutus are more attracted to males that take the time to court them than those that fight over them. The finding will be published today in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

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