How Do You Select Your ‘Mating Partner’ : Fruit Flies Might Have The Answer

Scientists know that there are a number of complex processes that occur in the brain when a human selects their future mating partner. However, it has proven difficult to delve into the intricacies of how this comes about in humans; at least it has until recently. Researchers have now found clues in the overt courtship behaviours that male flies direct towards female flies. Although the female is pursued by the male too, it is ultimately the female who decides whether she will copulate with him. It appears that the female will decide whether she will mate or not depending largely on her receptivity to that particular male’s pheromones, and wait for it…courtship song?!?

It seems that the female of the species (and this might translate to humans too) have specific, genetically distinct sex neurons in the brain. This revelation has enlightened researchers to the possibility that similar neurons exist in humans too. Heck, there’s hope yet that us men will someday be able to understand what goes on inside a women’s head!


Science Daily, (2014). Fruit fly research may reveal what happens in female brains during courtship, mating. Retrieved 3rd July, 2014, from



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