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Beta Male Behavior Genetically Confirmed
From Discover magazine:
Researchers have confirmed that the mating call of certain Hawaiian male crickets attracts a fly that deposits parasitic larvae. When the larvae mature they burst out of the cricket, killing it instantly. Some male crickets have a mutation that prevent them from making the call, helping them elude the deadly flies. The sneaky-quite ones hang around the vulnerable singing ones so they can still meet the girls. At last Beta male behavior has been genetically confirmed, but little do the researchers realize these little Beta bugs are just faking it. They have learned to predict adverse situations and avoid them. And when the hunky Alpha bugs blow up, someone is left to console the Alpha-less bug females. These Betas realize that females are attracted to bad boy musicians, with "their live hard and burst young" lifestyle. They can get the rebound females, kicked to the curb.
I am sure that if the researchers look closely they will notice there are Alpha Geek Crickets that are inventing little ring tones for their little cell phones that play the best of the mating calls. And with 53 billion Crickets in the world, half male and up to 90% Betas this makes 23 billion potential customers. Any percentage of 23 billion is a lot!