Insect behaviour: Reversal of sex roles in nuptial feeding

  title={Insect behaviour: Reversal of sex roles in nuptial feeding},
  author={G{\"o}ran Arnqvist and Ther{\'e}sa M. Jones and Mark A. Elgar},
Males of many animals provide females with 'nuptial gifts', such as prey items or glandular secretions, during courtship and mating. Traditionally, nuptial feeding is viewed as a form of paternal investment in offspring. Although other explanations have been proposed, the focus remains gender-specific, with a male donor and female recipient. Here we show that females of the extraordinary insect Phoreticovelia disparata provide food for males during mating. This previously undescribed reversal… Expand

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