The function of nuptial feeding in insects: a review of empirical studies

@article{Vahed1998TheFO,
  title={The function of nuptial feeding in insects: a review of empirical studies},
  author={Karim Vahed},
  journal={Biological Reviews},
  year={1998},
  volume={73}
}
  • K. Vahed
  • Published 1 February 1998
  • Biology
  • Biological Reviews
Nuptial feeding encompasses any form of nutrient transfer from the male to the female during or directly after courtship and/or copulation. In insects, nuptial gifts may take the form of food captured or collected by the male, parts, or even the whole of the male's body, or glandular products of the male such as salivary secretions, external glandular secretions, the spermatophore and substances in the ejaculate. Over the past decade, there has been considerable debate over the current function… 

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