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How flies are flirting on the fly [BMC Biology]

Keywords : Lucilia sericata, mate location, visual mate signals, wing flashes, flicker fusion frequency

par Frédéric Magné - publié le

Flies have some of the most elaborate visual systems in the Insecta, often featuring large, sexually dimorphic eyes with specialized “bright zones” that may have a functional role during mate-seeking behavior. The fast visual system of flies is considered to be an adaptation in support of their advanced flight abilities. Here, we show that the immense processing speed of the flies’ photoreceptors plays a crucial role in mate recognition.(...)

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