On Otis tarda and Marquis de Sade: what motivates male Great Bustards to consume Blister Beetles (Meloidae)?

@article{Heneberg2016OnOT,
  title={On Otis tarda and Marquis de Sade: what motivates male Great Bustards to consume Blister Beetles (Meloidae)?},
  author={P. Heneberg},
  journal={Journal of Ornithology},
  year={2016},
  volume={157},
  pages={1123-1125}
}
AbstractBlister Beetles (Meloidae), invertebrates that can synthesize high doses of the protein phosphatase inhibitor cantharidin, are ingested preferentially by male Great Bustards (Otis tarda) during their mating season. Previous authors hypothesized that the bustards benefit from antihelminthic and antimicrobial properties of cantharidin. However, given that the ingestion of Blister Beetles is performed particularly in mating season, it may be that the cantharidin has more important direct… Expand

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