A new study from McMaster University challenged Charles Darwin's long-standing theory of female choice. Rather than females being drawn to males that have the most vibrant tail feathers or best dance moves, researchers suggest that, once aroused, courtship displays have no bearing on a female's mate preference.
Males of a newly discovered species of jumping spiders have been filmed playing peek-a-boo with potential mates. Not all females are receptive to this playful courtship -- females who have mated before will chase off suitors while virgin females hook-up almost immediately.
Male peacock spiders use of exotic dances, vibrations, and colors in courtship displays, but it takes extra dedication to win over females who don't impress easily.
Blue-capped cordonbleu songbirds appear to use a lightning speed tap dance and ribbon baton-like performances to accompany their songs during routine courtship displays.
Birds that are able to mate with their "true love" have a higher rate of reproduction success and are more committed to their offspring, according to researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology.
Silk has long been seen as a sexy fabric. Smooth and luxurious, it can drape a woman in all the right ways to catch a man's eye. However, human's aren't the only species that uses silk to catch a mate. New research has determined that the female wolf spider will improve her silk draglines when vying for the attention of a male, showing that spider courting isn't always a one-sided affair.