Keppner EM1, Prang M1, Engel KC1, Ayasse M1, Stökl J2, Steiger S3.
J Chem Ecol. 2016 Dec 27. doi: 10.1007/s10886-016-0806-8. [Epub ahead of print]Burying beetles have fascinated scientists for centuries due to their elaborate form of biparental care that includes the burial and defense of a vertebrate carcass, as well as the subsequent feeding of the larvae. However, besides extensive research on burying beetles, one fundamental question has yet to be answered: what cues do males use to discriminate between the sexes? Here, we show in the burying beetle Nicrophorus vespilloides that cuticular lipids trigger male mating behavior. Read More