Burying beetle larvae know the best time to beg for food

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It’s easy to imagine an adult bird standing over youngsters with mouths open wide for a pre-mashed meal. It’s more difficult to picture a beetle doing this, but the burying beetle Nicrophorus quadripunctatus feeds its young by the same mouth-to-mouth regurgitation technique. Researchers found that burying beetle larvae can sense when the mother beetles emit a pheromone, 2-phenoxyethanol, when they are ready to feed their young.

This full article appears on <a href="https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/09/190911113003.htm">Science Daily</a>

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