When it comes to "make it or break it" moments, the male sandpiper is a whiz at wakefulness.
Have you ever heard predictions that one day women will be able to have babies without men?
Have you ever stopped to wonder why sex and violence so often go hand in hand?
What is "genetic drift?" How does it affect an animal's genes and their genetic variation?
Fireflies can put on quite a dazzling display. However, it is not us that they are trying to impress.
Is there any sound more annoying than the whine of a mosquito?
Whether you find chirping musical or annoying, males need it to attract female mates. Male crickets on the Hawaiian island Kauai, have a problem.
As part of the mating process, female giant water bugs latch onto male water bugs and cement as many as one hundred and fifty eggs to his back, then leaves.
You probably already know that turkeys engage in courtship behavior. They blush and fan their tails and strut around while emitting a low drumming noise.
It’s attractive if you’re a female turkey. Sometimes, though, male turkey siblings pair up and pool their courtship resources. Learn more on this Moment of Science.
Nobody could attract women like James Bond. They just couldn’t resist his manly qualities, like his penchant for dodging bullets, or leaping from airplanes. There’s something interesting going on here. The suggestion seems to be that males who take risks are more attractive to females. Studies done on another species, guppies, suggest just such a mechanism for the attractiveness of risk-taking. Learn more on this Moment of Science.