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Re: [OM] IMG: Mating Hummingbird Clearwing Moths

Subject: Re: [OM] IMG: Mating Hummingbird Clearwing Moths
From: Jan Steinman <Jan@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 3 Sep 2020 13:04:16 -0700
> From: Jim Nichols <jhnichols@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> I think that is why the female is larger

Now you got me wondering if this is a general pattern for flying creatures.

In raptors, the female is always bigger. They mate in the air, and the theory 
is that females evolved bigger to be able to extricate themselves from a tryst 
that is getting too close to the ground. He's focused on a task, and she's 
wondering what colour to pain the ceiling. :-)

Songbirds (Passerines) do not mate in the air, and don't have a size disparity.

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