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The Month of Love ...

February 7, 2011 | Tag(s): Valentines Day
By: Lauren, Assistant Manager of Animal Collections at the Insectarium
Leafcutter bee

February is a notable month for many reasons – one of which is the fact that it includes Valentines day!  This is a day in the year that is set aside specifically for one person to show another that they care for them in a special manner.  We do this often through romantic dates to expensive restaurants, beautiful flower bouquets, or even indulgent chocolates.


There are lots of different ways to win over that special someone.  The animal kingdom is no different – with males and females going through amazing feats to win over a potential mate. Many scientists would go as far to say that life is basically about surviving to be able to reproduce.  When it comes to animals that are good at both surviving in odd places and reproducing in enormous numbers – it would be hard to beat out insects!


Though February isn’t a notable time of year for these animals to be finding a mate (still entirely too chilly for them to be wandering about hunting potential suitors) it is a perfect time of year for us at the Insectarium to celebrate insect mating behaviors and talk about all the extreme lengths they go to.  Insects, have some very odd and even highly unconventional breeding behaviors - even going so far as to some giving up the mating game completely and rather cloning themselves then dealing with hunting down a mate. 


Over the next few weeks I am going to post some facts and information about specific species and mating behaviors but if you really want to get the skinny on bug love – please come visit us next weekend while we celebrate Valentines Day!  We will have our presentation stations open with staff people ready to answer all your questions about the birds and the bees (well mostly the bees) and maybe even help you find a bug that you want to make your valentine!

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