Insect ABC's

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Monogamy and lack thereof:Many insects mate frequently with multiple partners. This may seem odd but in nature, only traits and practices thatare associated with producing mnay surviving offspring survive in the gene pool. If promiscuity proves to be advantageous for an animal, it will become the dominant behavior. Likewise monogamy can become the dominant behavior if it benefits the parents's reproductive sucess. In creatures like the praying mantis, the female takes only one mate at a time, but then she eats him alive. Source: The evolution of repeated mating under sexual conflict. Härdling, R.1
Kaitala, A.
Journal of Evolutionary Biology; Jan2005, Vol. 18 Issue 1, p106, 10p

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