Tuesday, 1 February 1983

Beetles on the Bottle: Male Buprestids Mistake Stubbies for Females (Coleoptera)

Australian Journal of Entomology
Volume 22, Issue 1, pages 79–80, February 1983
doi: 10.1111/j.1440-6055.1983.tb01846.x

D. T. Gwynne and D. C. F. Rentz

Department of Zoology, University of Western Australia, Nedlands, 6009, W.A.
CSIRO Division of Entomology, P.O. Box 1700, Canberra City, 2601, A.C.T.


Male Julodimorpha bakewelli White were observed attempting to copulate with beer bottles. Colour and reflection of tubercles on the bottle glass are suggested as causes for attraction and release of sexual behaviour.


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