A new study shows that female fruitflies eat more after mating, and that a multi-functional peptide provided in the seminal fluid of their mates induces this behavior. These findings contribute significantly to our understanding of mating behaviors and resource allocation, and may provide insights useful for controlling the reproduction of insect pests.

Current Biology
Department of Biology

Wong, A, & Wolfner, M.F. (Mariana F.). (2006). Sexual Behavior: A Seminal Peptide Stimulates Appetites. Current Biology, 16(7). doi:10.1016/j.cub.2006.03.003