Older males attract more females but get fewer matings in a wild field cricket

Rolando Rodríguez-Muñoz, Paul Hopwood, David Fisher, Ian Skicko, Rachel Tucker, Katherine Woodcock, Jon Slate, Craig Walling, Tom Tregenza* (Corresponding Author)

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•We test the prediction that females use male age to choose their mates.

•We use 10 years of data from a wild population of field crickets.

•At any point in time, older males are only slightly more likely to be longer lived.

•Older males attract more females, but get fewer matings.

•Male age at mating does not influence the number of offspring they have.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-14
Number of pages14
JournalAnimal Behaviour
Early online date23 May 2019
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2019

Bibliographical note

We thank L. Rodríguez and M. C. Muñoz for unconditional support, providing access to facilities including the WildCrickets study meadow. The following people contributed to video processing and data recording: Liu Xingping, Thor Veen, Carlos Rodríguez del Valle, Alan Rees, Hannah Hudson, Sophie Haugland Pedersen, Geetanjali Mishra, Jasmine Jenkin, Lauren Morse, Emma Rogan, Emelia Hiorns, Sarah Callow, Jamie Barnes, Chloe Mnatzaganian, Olivia Pearson, Adèle James, Robin Brown, Chris Shipway, Ian Skicko, Luke Meadows and Peter Efstratiou. We also thank www.icode.co.uk for developing their i-Catcher video recording package to optimize it for behavioural research. This work was supported by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC; standard grants: NE/E005403/1, NE/H02364X/1, NE/L003635/1 and NE/R000328/1 and studentship: NE/H02249X/1 to D. Fisher) and The Leverhulme Trust.


  • cricket
  • female mate choice
  • good males
  • life span
  • longevity senescence
  • sperm ageing


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