Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Out There: Bugs Aren't Gay, Just Confused


 Scientists studying homosexual behavior in insects - courting, mounting, and trying to mate with members of the same sex - have concluded that homosexuality in insects and spiders is just a case of mistaken identity.

In their haste to produce offspring, bugs do not take much time to inspect their mates' gender,

"Insects and spiders mate quick and dirty," says Dr. Inon Scharf of Tel Aviv University's Department of Zoology "The cost of taking the time to identify the gender of mates or the cost of hesitation appears to be greater than the cost of making some mistakes."

Continued... Out There

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Artwork: Seven-spot Ladybirds Mating


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