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

Andrea Di Giulio, Silvia Gisondi, Marco Molfini, Alessandra Riccieri, Giulia Scarparo, Marco Alberto Bologna
  • 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

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.

Keywords

interfamiliar mating, sexual behaviour, costs of mimicry

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