Friday, August 31, 2007

Science is Awesome

This is just too precious to pass up!
Animal Behaviour
Volume 74, Issue 2, August 2007, Pages 183-188

Biologist Martin Edvardsson postulates that female Callosobruchus maculatus (Bruchid Beatles) mate when they are thirsty. Basically in a nutshell (no pun intended)the male ejaculate contains enough water and nutrients for the female to replenish if they are dehydrated. He goes on to discuss whether or not the trade off of nutrients to the female compensate for the pain of mating. Now I say the "pain" of mating, because evidently the male Callosobruchus maculatus has a very large and spiny (yes I said spiny) reproductive organ, that tears the reproductive tract of the female when copulating.

Now tell me what other major would encourage you to read fun facts like this? I love science!

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