Sexual conflict over nuptial gifts in insects.

  title={Sexual conflict over nuptial gifts in insects.},
  author={Darryl T. Gwynne},
  journal={Annual review of entomology},
Edible and seminal gifts that male arthropods transfer to their mates range from important material donations to items that provide little direct benefit. Recent reviews and research have emphasized the negative effect of gifts on female fitness, suggesting that male donations reduce the female's remating rate below her optimum or even that nuptial feeding is a net detriment to her fitness. However, comparative, experimental, and natural history evidence reveal that most edible gifts of prey or… CONTINUE READING
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