Damsel in distress

Courtship behaviours, frequent among modern insects, have left extremely rare fossil traces. In odonates, the male must persuade the female to mate in tandem and the female should be willing to engage her genitalia with the male's. Many territorial odonatans display their courtship by high-frequency wing-beats towards an approaching female. Most courtship, mating and parenting (social-sexual) behaviour cannot be preserved, and fossil reports are therefore few and ambiguous. No courtship behaviors were previously recorded for fossil odonatans.

Damsel in distress

Flies trapped in amber are providing clues to ancient mating behaviour.

Mon 20 Mar 17 from Cosmos Magazine

Courtship behavior trapped in 100-million-year-old amber

Courtship behaviours, frequent among modern insects, have left extremely rare fossil traces. In odonates, the male must persuade the female to mate in tandem and the female should be willing ...

Mon 20 Mar 17 from Phys.org

Courtship behavior trapped in 100-million-year-old amber, Mon 20 Mar 17 from Science Blog

Courtship behavior trapped in 100-million-year-old amber, Mon 20 Mar 17 from Eurekalert

Fossil Male Insect Wooed Mates with Sexy Legs

Thu 23 Mar 17 from National Geographic

Coitus interruptus: frisky insect trapped in 100-million-year-old amber, Mon 20 Mar 17 from Telegraph.co.uk Science

Insect courtship behavior trapped in 100-million-year-old amber

It's Romeo and Juliet on steroids, with geology.

Wed 22 Mar 17 from ZME Science

Damselflies found trapped in 100-million-year-old amber

Researchers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences found a piece of amber showing three ancient damselflies performing courtship behaviour in the Hukawng Valley, Burma.

Mon 20 Mar 17 from Daily Mail

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