Animal Reproduction

What Is Traumatic Insemination?

October 9, 2019 2

Traumatic mating has evolved repeatedly in several animal phyla. It is most common among arthropods – invertebrates with exoskeletons. Many kinds of behaviours fall into the general category of trauma, starting with those that involve […]

Animal Reproduction

Female Pheromones

October 2, 2019 3

In the majority of cases, female pheromones are produced in order to communicate sexual maturity to prospective partners. For many invertebrates where prospective partners have to signal to each other from substantial distances, it’s often […]

Animal Reproduction

Male Pheromones

September 25, 2019 2

Male pheromones can be used to signal being attractive, or at least having something attractive. The sheer diversity in the strategies of sexual chemistry is mind-blowing. There is a wide spectrum of approaches to sex […]

Animal Reproduction

Rape and Abortion in the Animal Kingdom

August 7, 2019 1

Rape is common among animals. Biologists call it sexual coercion so that we have a fancy and less offensive term to use, but the fact of the matter is that it’s animal rape. Females of […]