A key step in mosquito mating is auditory: Male mosquitoes detect the precise buzz of a female nearby, often in the midst of large swarms of other mosquitoes. A new study identifies a specific neurotransmitter chemical, octopamine, linked to mosquito hearing, suggesting that targeting it with insecticide could be a new potential avenue for mosquito management.
A new study shows that male mosquitoes hover near humans but tend not to land or bite—a behavior researchers suspect is a tactic for finding female mates.
Famous for their flashy colors, peacock spiders also emit vibrational signals during their mating dance. But why both kinds of courtship cues? And which kind matters more? Researchers have been studying peacock spiders to find out.
With high-speed, high-definition cameras, researchers at the University of Arizona got an unprecedented look at the mating habits of the solitary bee species Diadasia rinconis and gained new insights into their courtship behaviors and the selective pressures those behaviors produce.
In An Entomologist's Love Story, insect mating rituals stand as metaphors for human dating behavior—and the entomological themes and humor hold up under inspection, says entomology Ph.D. student Emily Bick.