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Post‐mounting courtship and the neutralizing of male competitors through “homosexual” mountings in the fly Hydromyza livens F. (Diptera: Scatophagidae)

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Post‐mounting courtship behaviour of a 6–8 mm long scatophagid fly Hydromyza livens which lays its eggs in yellow water lily ( Nuphar lutea ) is described and analysed. Enigmatic male–male encounters are described, along with lengthy “homosexual” mounting behaviour. A possible interpretation of both types of behaviour is given, with reference to their adaptive significance and the special problems encountered by males in locating females.

Keywords: Behaviour; Diptera; Scatophagidae; courtship; homosexual; post‐mounting; water lily

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Bodmin, Cornwall, UK

Publication date: 2006-01-01

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