Fruit flies fight over chicks

Beer - Courtesy of Wikipedia. Fueling male-male aggression for hundreds of years.
Beer – Courtesy of Wikipedia. Fueling male-male aggression for thousands of years.

Remember your college days? On a typical college Saturday night, I would head to a local Champaign, IL watering hole and get to “observe” the mating rituals of college men. Chest puffing, feats of strength, and sometimes even fisticuffs were employed to gain the favor of a particular lady. Turns out this male-male aggression is a trait we share with the little fruit fly. Those little fruit flies have, in turn, shown us that male-male aggression can be a bit more complex than we might first expect. Continue reading “Fruit flies fight over chicks”