Bioscience

Why Nice Guys Usually Get The Girls

November 5, 2009

By Flinn Foundation

[Source: ScienceDaily] – Female water striders often reject their most persistent and aggressive suitors and prefer the males who aren’t so grabby, according to new research. Water striders are insects commonly seen skittering across the surface of streams.

Groups of low-key male water striders mated with more females than did groups of highly sexually aggressive males, according to a study led by Omar Tonsi Eldakar of the University of Arizona’s Arizona Research Laboratories.

The research contradicts previous laboratory studies that found the most sexually aggressive males are the most successful at reproducing, said Eldakar, who conducted the experiments while an instructor at Binghamton University in N.Y. He is now a postdoctoral research associate in UA’s Center for Insect Science.

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