Why insects swarm: testing the models for lek mating systems on swarming Empis borealis females

Abstract

Female dance-flies, Empis borealis L., gather to swarm, and males carrying nuptial gifts visit swarms for mating. Field observations and experiments were performed on this behaviorally sex-role reversed species to test models of lekking behavior. The key predictions were: (1) female preference model: male visiting rate and mating rate should increase with… (More)
DOI: 10.1007/BF00171680

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@article{Svensson2004WhyIS, title={Why insects swarm: testing the models for lek mating systems on swarming Empis borealis females}, author={Bo Svensson and E James Petersson}, journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology}, year={2004}, volume={31}, pages={253-261} }