Researchers have found that the markings of female birds can tell us more than just their species and gender. Repeating a previous study has yielded a surprising discovery refuting what was thought to be a link between their markings and aggressive behavior when defending their nests. Published in The Auk: Ornithological Advances, the study reveals that the meanings behind the markings of female birds may change from one place to another despite a similarity in species.
University of Exeter reseachers took a closer look at fruit flies and found that while environmental conditions have some influence on their mating decision, it mostly comes down to genetics.
Mother butterflies pass down behaviors that help their offspring survive in less-favorable environments and tend to lay their eggs on the same plants that they and their relatives grew up on.
A yellow-bellied watersnake gave birth for the second time in it's life without genetic contribution of a male in a rare process known as asexual reproduction.
Female butterflies choose their mates based on smell. However, some male hairstreak butterflies have evolved without scent-producing organs, which puts them at a disadvantage.
When it comes to chimpanzees, it seems that the "new girl" may have the upper hand in former stronger female bonds, new research says.
Scientists have long been curious as to why it's common for animals to fight with members of other species, and now a new study has found the answer, blaming it on females, of course.
It is well known that women after a certain age undergo menopause, a trait that is rare in the animal kingdom. However, outside of the human species, killer whales also experience menopause, and these older females apparently make good leaders, a new study says.
It turns out that spiders are highly social insects, establishing a sort of caste system within their colonies. Female spiders establish division of labor roles based on their personalities - they are either a "warrior" or a "nanny," a new study says.
One species of ant looks like a worker on the outside, but a rise in dopamine levels triggers dramatic physical changes without affecting their DNA and results in warrior-like ritualized fighting behavior, according to a recent study published in The Journal of Experimental Biology.