Quiet crickets turn leaves into megaphones to blare mating calls

The rules of the tree cricket world, sexually speaking, are simple. Perched from a leaf’s edge, males call out into the night by rhythmically rubbing their wings. Females survey the soundscape, gravitating towards the loudest and largest males. Small, quiet types get drowned out. Unless they cheat the system. Some male crickets make their own […]

For female flies, mating requires the right musical backdrop

Credit: CC0 Public Domain A new study traces the neural circuit that makes a female fly receptive to a mating advance. The female fruit fly has discerning standards for her sexual partners: She’ll only signal that she’s ready to reproduce once a male fly has serenaded her with the proper courtship song. Now, new research […]

1st-ever footage of giant pandas mating in the wild is not ‘cute and cuddly’

A pair of aggressive male giant pandas roar ferociously on the ground beneath a female perched in a tree, in the first-ever footage of panda courtship and mating in the wild.  For nearly three years, nature filmmakers Yuanqi Wu and Jacky Poon followed pandas in China’s Qinling Mountains, hoping to capture evidence of elusive behavior that […]