The latest issue of the review journal Phil. Trans. R. Soc. Lond. B. has an exciting theme issue about the evolution of polyandry, entitled "The Polyandry Revolution". There are several interesting papers that should be "a must" read for those interested in the evolutionary causes and consequences of multiple mating by females and the selection pressures behind female mating behaviour. The cover issue is lovely, isn't it?
We now know that polyandry is common, indeed the norm rather than the exception in many organisms, including most insects. Indeed, it is rather monogamy that needs to be explained, as there are many adaptive and non-adaptive factors that could lead to multiple matings by females. Together with my Canadian colleague and fish biologist Bryan Neff, I have a review paper in the very same issue entitled "Polyandry and alternative mating tactics". Below you will find the Abstract and the topics that we adress: