Males of a Strongly Polygynous Species Consume More Poisonous Food than Females

Discussion in 'Links of Interest' started by FollowingHim, Feb 28, 2017.

  1. FollowingHim

    FollowingHim Administrator Staff Member

    Yes, this is a serious scientific paper. Quick summary:
    • The Great Bustard is a bird that is strongly polygynous
    • Females select their mates by inspecting their anuses for signs of worms
    • Males eat large quantities of poisonous beetles to kill worms, giving them clean anuses
    • More beetles = clean anus = more sex
    Or in more scientific terms, here's the abstract:
    Herein may be a lesson, but I am not sure what it is... :)
     
    Last edited: Feb 28, 2017
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  2. FollowingHim2

    FollowingHim2 Well-Known Member

    Where do you find this stuff?
    I shall refrain from commenting further or my posts may get out of hand, there's just too many jokes to be made...
     
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  3. Slumberfreeze

    Slumberfreeze Well-Known Member

    This cannot possibly be an approved method of mate selection.
     
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  4. FollowingHim

    FollowingHim Administrator Staff Member

    It worked for me!

    (just imagine what Sarah's face will look like when she reads that, it will be priceless)
     
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  5. Mojo

    Mojo Well-Known Member

    Clean anuses are good to have... regardless, especially in crowded subways!
     
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  6. mystic

    mystic Active Member

    Funny you mention that. Just today I was heading toward the subway and then I thought, oh geez, my anus isn't clean, I'd better self-medicate first but I don't see a place to get poisonous beetles.

    And that's such a common experience — I mean, read that sentence to anyone without providing any context and they'll be, like, "Oh yeah, true that."
     
  7. FollowingHim2

    FollowingHim2 Well-Known Member

    You will never know, because you weren't in the room. It will forever be a secret.
     
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  8. Verifyveritas76

    Verifyveritas76 Active Member

    Too funny. Anyone know where a fellow can get some blister beetles for butt bacteria? I wonder why they're called 'blister' beetles.
     
  9. NetWatchR

    NetWatchR Well-Known Member

    The Like is strong with this thread.

    And where DO you find this stuff? I mean, i'm not so sure i want to see your search history. :D
     
  10. FollowingHim

    FollowingHim Administrator Staff Member

    I found this while doing serious work, honestly! I am investigating ways to reduce environmental losses of nitrogen from agricultural soils, and was attempting to find any existing data on the quantity of N that could be removed from agricultural fields by bird predation on insects. I was trying to determine whether, if insect life is enhanced through biological management, more N might be removed as insect biomass and therefore be not available to be lost in drainage water. I found very little data, but this was one of the papers that came up.