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10 Strange Animal Mating Rituals (Slideshow)

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American Burying Beetle: Family Oriented

These beetles not only are monogamous but also raise their children together. Expectant parents bury dead birds or mice and lay eggs nearby. The parents lie on their backs and use their legs like a conveyor belt to move carcasses up to 200 times their own weight. Once hatched, larvae feed on the carcass or the parents rub their wings together to call the larvae and regurgitate meat into their mouths.

Read about the planned reintroduction of the endangered beetle at Wah’Kon-Tah Prairie in Missouri.

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(Image: Burying beetles. Source: Brett Cortesi courtesy of Roger Williams Park Zoo.)

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9:42PM PDT on Apr 14, 2013

And I thought we were complicated :)

9:38AM PST on Dec 5, 2012

Thank you! Re-shared :)

10:42PM PDT on Aug 13, 2012

noted

6:07PM PDT on May 29, 2012

just amazing. all of it was super interesting. thanks!

5:08AM PDT on Mar 19, 2012

Oh my gosh. Lions are sex addicts (LOL).

1:01PM PDT on Mar 12, 2012

ty

9:00AM PDT on Mar 12, 2012

mating in nature has far more variety than many who talk about the "laws of nature" or what is "natural" behavior have ever actually learned.......

5:57AM PDT on Mar 12, 2012

Thanks.

7:34AM PDT on Mar 11, 2012

Thanks, interesting.

3:09PM PST on Mar 9, 2012

Just right for each one.

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