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copulate

(kŏp′yə-lāt′)
intr.v. copu·lated, copu·lating, copu·lates
1. To engage in sexual intercourse in which the penis is inserted into the vagina.
2. To transfer male reproductive cells from one individual to another, usually into an internal organ or cavity, such as a cloaca. Used of animals.
adj. (-lĭt)
Coupled; joined.

cop′u·la′tion n.
cop′u·la·to′ry (-lə-tôr′ē) adj.
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Number of females copulated more than once###8 (32.00 %)###6 (24.00 %)
This result differs from the one obtained by Torres-Villa and Jennions (2005), who reported that in 22 out of 25 Lepidopteran species, the females tended to increase their fecundity when copulated with virgin males.
Females that copulated a second time after producing the third egg sac produced significantly more offspring in the fourth egg sac (Mann-Whitney-U-test, Z = -2.284, n = 6 + 10, P = 0.022) and in the fifth egg sac (Mann-Whitney-U-test, Z = -2.263, n = 3 + 6, P = 0.024) than females that did not copulate after the third egg sac (see Fig.
Blind females copulated at the same rates with control males as did other females.
A higher proportion of females ejected a drop of sperm when they copulated with a male whose flagellum had been experimentally shortened (87.5%) than when they copulated with control males (13.1%; see also Dickinson 1997, p.
Each vial was laid horizontally and was observed until a male copulated, typically within less than 1 min.
In the study, Tara Stoinski and colleagues at Zoo Atlanta in Georgia analysed how often four captive female gorillas invited sex or copulated over two years.