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Male Termites Pair Up When Females Are Scarce

#1  Postby DoctorE » Aug 31, 2016 12:44 pm

When male termites are single, and no female mates can be found, the guys tend to form homosexual couples in order to survive, a new study finds.

These homosexual pairings may give male Japanese termites an evolutionary edge, according to new research. Scientists found that when female mates are lacking, male termites will pair up and nest together. These same-sex pairs will even take over a heterosexual couple's nest, killing the resident male so that one can member of the male-male pair can mate with the female, the researchers said.

Scientists previously thought homosexual pairings for invertebrates like insects were the result of misrecognition of males as females. However, in the new study, researchers at Kyoto University in Japan found that the male termites in same-sex couplings did not act as if they had mistaken their partner as female.

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#2  Postby Blackadder » Aug 31, 2016 3:22 pm

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These same-sex pairs will even take over a heterosexual couple's nest, killing the resident male so that one can member of the male-male pair can mate with the female, the researchers said.


Gay termites killing straight termites? Oh boy. Wait till the Bible-bashers get a hold of this one.
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#3  Postby tuco » Aug 31, 2016 4:17 pm

Except they are not really gay.
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#4  Postby Keep It Real » Aug 31, 2016 4:42 pm

Sexual orientation can change during a human's lifetime. There's no reason to say somebody who was gay last week was never gay if they find themselves straight the next week.
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#5  Postby tuco » Aug 31, 2016 4:45 pm

Read the article. Please, and this goes for many, read the article before commenting. Or not but then .. Goldenmane.
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#6  Postby ScholasticSpastic » Aug 31, 2016 5:05 pm

tuco wrote:Read the article. Please, and this goes for many, read the article before commenting. Or not but then .. Goldenmane.

Neither the article, nor the abstract of the study to which it refers (paywall), would support your earlier claim that, "they are not really gay."

Though I would agree that being gay as a termite should probably not mean the same thing as when Homo sapiens or other mammals are gay.
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#7  Postby SafeAsMilk » Aug 31, 2016 5:09 pm

It certainly doesn't say anything about the males interacting sexually, merely that they shack up. I guess that means I was gay in college when I had male roommates. I'd never wingman for any of them, though.
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#8  Postby ScholasticSpastic » Aug 31, 2016 5:13 pm

SafeAsMilk wrote:It certainly doesn't say anything about the males interacting sexually, merely that they shack up. I guess that means I was gay in college when I had male roommates. I'd never wingman for any of them, though.

I believe that establishing the nest together, as members of a species which usually only does this as heterosexual pairs, is taken to be the "gay" behavior. Sex doesn't work the same way or mean the same thing for every sort of organism. The sex act, itself, isn't even a very adequate means for determining whether or not humans are gay. There are plenty of gay daddies about- and they didn't get that way by thinking baby thoughts at the mommies.
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#9  Postby tuco » Aug 31, 2016 5:16 pm

So do I understand it correctly that you choose to pick my comment as worthy of attention and reply, unlike the one made by Blackadder and Keep It Real, on rational bases? My comment needed to be addressed in rational and sceptical manner so I would not deceive the mythical reader? Do I get it?

Perfectly fine and interesting article and topic spoiled by idiocy. That is how I understand it.
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#10  Postby ScholasticSpastic » Aug 31, 2016 5:25 pm

tuco wrote:My comment needed to be addressed in rational and sceptical manner so I would not deceive the mythical reader? Do I get it?

This is why it's a very bad idea to attempt to attribute intent to others' actions. For example, should I take from this that you'd rather have an pissy little fight than a rational discussion? Because by taking this to an emotional place that's where you're dragging the conversation.

I understand. It's a lot easier to have a pissy little fight than it is to actually defend your views and support your assertions.
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#11  Postby tuco » Aug 31, 2016 5:31 pm

I'd rather you not to address my posts at all. I will provide the same courtesy. If I takes me saying that I prefer little fights I will say it.
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#12  Postby BlackBart » Aug 31, 2016 5:34 pm

Tough shit. Don't like people addressing your posts? Don't fucking post any then.

Anyhoo. Gay termites. Nature usually finds a way.
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#13  Postby SafeAsMilk » Aug 31, 2016 5:35 pm

ScholasticSpastic wrote:
SafeAsMilk wrote:It certainly doesn't say anything about the males interacting sexually, merely that they shack up. I guess that means I was gay in college when I had male roommates. I'd never wingman for any of them, though.

I believe that establishing the nest together, as members of a species which usually only does this as heterosexual pairs, is taken to be the "gay" behavior. Sex doesn't work the same way or mean the same thing for every sort of organism. The sex act, itself, isn't even a very adequate means for determining whether or not humans are gay. There are plenty of gay daddies about- and they didn't get that way by thinking baby thoughts at the mommies.

I'm guessing they didn't get that way by thinking about the mommies either. Plenty of bi daddies out there, though. Gay or straight always seemed like incredibly vague terms to me anyway, such that whether you'll have sex exclusively with someone of the opposite sex or your own is about as good a measure as you can get...for humans at least.
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#14  Postby ScholasticSpastic » Aug 31, 2016 5:43 pm

tuco wrote:I'd rather you not to address my posts at all. I will provide the same courtesy. If I takes me saying that I prefer little fights I will say it.

If you don't like your posts being addressed, post somewhere else.
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#15  Postby Blackadder » Aug 31, 2016 8:44 pm

tuco wrote:So do I understand it correctly that you choose to pick my comment as worthy of attention and reply, unlike the one made by Blackadder and Keep It Real, on rational bases? My comment needed to be addressed in rational and sceptical manner so I would not deceive the mythical reader? Do I get it?

Perfectly fine and interesting article and topic spoiled by idiocy. That is how I understand it.


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#16  Postby tuco » Aug 31, 2016 8:51 pm

Sure and you read, and try to understand, articles you comment on and stop spamming fine topics with nonsense to further your personal agenda.

Nowhere its written nor implied the termites are "gay" and Bible has fuck all to do with the topic.
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#17  Postby felltoearth » Aug 31, 2016 8:59 pm

I guess this means all male termites enjoy a bit of wood.
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#18  Postby BlackBart » Aug 31, 2016 9:17 pm

A personal agenda that involves gay termites? Sounds legit. :coffee:
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Cool! Now we can enjoy Blackadders post's in one easy to click on link! :cheers:
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