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


Blister 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… (More)
DOI: 10.1007/s10336-016-1369-8