Beetles Mate With Beer Bottles?
October 4, 2011 by staff
Beetles Mate With Beer Bottles?, Brutish beetles are dying while trying to move forward with brown beer bottles discarded, according to research conducted by Darryl Gwynne, University of Toronto Mississauga teacher.
Attraction is a case of mistaken because the passing beer bottles have all the features to boost Australian wild male jewel beetles. They are big and orange-brown with a slightly dimpled surface on the bottom (designed to prevent the bottle from slipping out of reach) that reflects light in the same way as women wing covers.
As a result, the beer bottles are irresistible to insects males, who die trying to mate with them in the hot sun of Australia.
Gwynne made his remarks with his colleague David Rentz. This week we were awarded an Ig Nobel prize at Harvard University.
Ig Nobel Prizes, a parody of the Nobel prizes are awarded annually by the humor journal Annals of Improbable Research to make people laugh first and then make them think. “Awards are intended to celebrate the unusual, honor the imaginative and stimulating people’s interest in science, medicine and technology.
“I am honored, I think,” Gwynne, who is professor of biology, was quoted in a press release. “Actually, we have been here by the phone for the last 20 years waiting for the call. Why did it take so long?”
Gwynne and Rentz were carrying out field work in western Australia, when they noticed something unusual along the roadside.
He explained: “We were walking down a dirt road with the usual scattering beer cans and bottles when we saw about six bottles of beetles in the top or side up. It was clear that the beetles were trying to mate with the bottles. ”
The bottles – Stubbies as they are known in Australia, Canada and some other countries – are like a “super woman” jewel beetle. Male beetles are so captivated by the bottles gird their loins and go through the procedure laid down, refusing to leave until it is fried to death, eaten by hungry ants, or physically removed by researchers.
The male beetles are very particular about the bottles. Beer cans or bottles of wine does nothing for them. It’s all about shape, color and texture, and has nothing to do with the drink. As the researchers wrote, “not only never do Western Australians have a beer bottle with beer yet, but many of the bottles had sand and debris accumulated over many months.”
While researchers and the Ig Nobel judges, of course, see the humor in all this, there is a serious message too, according to Gwynne. The results demonstrate how our garbage litters not only landscapes, but can also directly affect the populations of other species.
And secondly, Gwynne said that the research supports the theory of sexual selection: males of some species, in their eagerness to mate, are often the mating mistakes.
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