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Size matters: How thrips choose their partners

19:00 EST 7 Nov 2017 | AAAS

(Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg) The bigger the male, the higher his chances to successfully mate -- this applies, at least, to thrips, insects that are hard to recognise with the naked eye. The larger males not only drive off their smaller rivals, they also have better immune systems and produce more sperm. This is a discovery that was made by biologists at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) that recently appeared in the international Journal of Insect Behaviour.

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