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and origami-like structure: beetles survive in-flight wing collision by collapsible wings
📄 Phan & Park (2020) Mechanisms of collision recovery in flying beetles and flapping-wing robots. Science 370:1214–1219


Given one square leaning on another, what is the ratio of the orange area and pink area?


Inclusive practices: still a long way to fight gender or racial bias in science textbooks but alternative representations exist.
📄 Simpson et al (2021) Teaching between the lines: representation in science textbooks. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 36:4–8

How to appear bigger than you are? Male tree crickets use home-made baffle as sound-amplifier when communicating with females.
📄 Deb et al (2020) Baffling: a condition-dependent alternative mate attraction strategy using self-made tools in tree crickets. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 287:20202229

Know your enemy: snapping assesses recent victory history of their opponents before engaging in a fight against them.
📄 Dinh et al (2020) Winner effects and switching assessment strategies facilitate fast and frugal decisions in territorial contests. Animal Behaviour 170:189–205

Unusual case of acoustic batesian in spider species which mimics stridulation against predator.
📄 Pekár et al (2020) Spiders mimic the acoustic signalling of mutillid wasps to avoid predation: startle signalling or Batesian mimicry? Animal Behaviour 170:157–166

Evidence of in a tiny parasitoid , half millimetre long. Congratulation to Silene for this nice study.
📄 Lartigue et al (2020) Consistent variations in personality traits and their potential for genetic improvement of biocontrol agents: Trichogramma evanescens as a case study. PCI Ecology

Very rare case of internal in species, a taxon usually characterized by broadcast spawning and random fertilization in open water.
📄 Shipway et al (2020) Mate competition during pseudocopulation in shipworms. Biology Letters 16:20200626

While spiders do not possess insect-like ears (tympanal membrane), a species is able to detect airborn acoustic stimulus and distinguishes prey from predator.
📄 Stafstrom et al (2020) Ogre-faced, net-casting spiders use auditory cues to detect airborne prey. Current Biology 30:5033-5039.e3

Fecal defence: while otherwise very careful about the colony cleanliness, some bees spread bird or mammal on their hive as a defense against predator wasps.
📄 Mattila et al. (2020) Honey bees (Apis cerana) use animal feces as a tool to defend colonies against group attack by giant hornets (Vespa soror). PLoS ONE 15:e0242668

Grany cure in a species: russet sparrows incorporate fresh medical herb in their nest as anti-parasite treatment.
📄 Yang et al. (2020) Sparrows use a medicinal herb to defend against parasites and increase offspring condition. Current Biology 30:R1411–R1412

How will global change affect phenotypes? Ongoing debate about Gogler's rule and the evolution of thermal .
📄 Delhey et al. (2020) Why climate change should generally lead to lighter coloured animals. Current Biology 30:R1406–R1407

Martin Steven is an ecologist specialized in and in animal prey species. Here is a new study about plant cryptism as a response to human harvesting. predation
📄 Niu et al (2021) Commercial harvesting has driven the evolution of camouflage in an alpine plant. Current Biology

Nice global map of bee species richness: note the striking bimodal distribution at mid-latitudes.
📄 Orr et al (2021) Global patterns and drivers of bee distribution. Current Biology 31:1–8

Collective decision and wisdom of the crowd: new considerations about the jury theorem in natural condition.
📄 Winklmayr et al (2020) The wisdom of stalemates: consensus and clustering as filtering mechanisms for improving collective accuracy. Proc R Soc Lond B 287:20201802

Fossil behaviours: towards behavioural .
📄 Hsieh & Plotnick (2020) The representation of animal behaviour in the fossil record. Animal Behaviour 169:65–80

Too hot to dance? Trade-off between sexual attractiveness and risk of overheating in fiddler .
📄 Darnell et al. (2020) Balancing risk and reward: mating opportunity influences thermal refuge use in fiddler crabs. Animal Behaviour 169:51–56

Closing time effect: towards the end of the mating season, your acceptance threshold decreases (or the partner's attractiveness increases). Congratulation to Louise for this nice theoretical analysis.
📄 Chevalier et al (2020) Fluctuating dynamics of mate availability promote the evolution of flexible choosiness in both sexes. American Naturalist

Very rare case in mammals of used for agonistic intraspecific competition.
📄 Nekaris et al (2020) Slow lorises use venom as a weapon in intraspecific competition. Current Biology 30:R1252–R1253

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