Strange loves: a remarkable case of aberrant copulation in beetles (Coleoptera: Meloidae, Chrysomelidae)

  • Andrea Di Giulio Università Roma Tre, Dipartimento di Scienze, Italy.
  • Silvia Gisondi Università Roma Tre, Dipartimento di Scienze, Italy.
  • Marco Molfini Università Roma Tre, Dipartimento di Scienze, Italy.
  • Alessandra Riccieri Università Roma Tre, Dipartimento di Scienze, Italy.
  • Giulia Scarparo Università Roma Tre, Dipartimento di Scienze, Italy.
  • Marco Alberto Bologna | marcoalberto.bologna@uniroma3.it Università Roma Tre, Dipartimento di Scienze, Italy.

Abstract

A case of copulation between two mimic and repellent beetle species (a male of Timarcha fracassii, and a female of Meloe autumnalis), belonging to distinct families (Chrysomelidae, Meloidae), is recorded.

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Published
2017-12-22
Section
Short Scientific Notes
Keywords:
interfamiliar mating, sexual behaviour, costs of mimicry
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How to Cite
Di Giulio, A., Gisondi, S., Molfini, M., Riccieri, A., Scarparo, G., & Bologna, M. (2017). Strange loves: a remarkable case of aberrant copulation in beetles (Coleoptera: Meloidae, Chrysomelidae). Fragmenta Entomologica, 49(2), 171-173. https://doi.org/10.4081/fe.2017.260