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 Male

    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 Esteemed Member Female

    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 Esteemed Member Male

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

    FollowingHim Administrator Staff Member Male

    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 Esteemed Member Male

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

    mystic Well-Known Member Male

    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 Esteemed Member Female

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

    Verifyveritas76 Moderator Staff Member Male

    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 Esteemed Member Male

    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 Male

    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.