START A PETITION 27,000,000 members: the world's largest community for good

Which Species Die—or Kill—for Love?

Mayflies—Speed Mating

Most adults live two hours to three days, but some live less than 90 minutes. In that time, they need to mate, deposit the female’s eggs and die. Talk about a one-track mind!

Photo © Harold E. Malde


Fairy Shrimp—Short but Sweet

Is it all about the kids? Fairy shrimp mate and fertilize their eggs in temporary rain pools. They die when the water dries up, leaving their offspring to wait in the soil for the rains to return, starting the short and unselfish cycle again. Now that’s taking one for the team.

Photo © Larry Serpa/TNC

Related Content:
10 Smartest Animals (Slideshow)
Mekong River Journey: An Epic Adventure
6 Creative Eco-Friendly Gifts

The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people.


Read more: Blogs, Environment, Green, Holidays, Life, Love, Nature, Nature & Wildlife, Valentine's Day, , , , , , , , ,

By The Nature Conservancy

have you shared this story yet?

go ahead, give it a little love


+ add your own
2:05AM PDT on Mar 10, 2015

I'll pass, it's not pretty.

5:19PM PDT on Nov 1, 2014

Glad my husband didn't die after I got pregnant with our kids--I don't believe I could do the single parent thing very well at all...

9:10AM PST on Feb 13, 2014

interesting, thanks!

3:02AM PST on Feb 9, 2014

Thank you

7:22AM PST on Jan 4, 2014

Yes, life is hard for the male.
Where is the animal MRA?

6:23PM PST on Nov 12, 2013

I remember a Star Trek novel where there was a race that the males died to mate and the combination of that concept on top of sentience was fascinating.

7:20PM PST on Nov 4, 2013

Thank goodness that human mating isn't normally like the mating facts listed here. YIKES!

12:41PM PDT on Aug 30, 2013

Cool..Brush-tailed Australian Marsupial Mouse, is a new 1 4 me.

9:38AM PDT on Mar 21, 2013


7:47AM PDT on Mar 20, 2013

thank you for sharing

add your comment

Disclaimer: The views expressed above are solely those of the author and may not reflect those of
Care2, Inc., its employees or advertisers.

people are talking

Heartwarming video. What big loving eyes the dog has! Thank you for sharing:)

I'm going to try that with my ball crazy dog.

So if growing almonds uses a gallon per almond, as they say (still far less than the amount water ne…

Recently heard CA farmers are buying the "water" used in fracking. Since that has had added chemica…


Select names from your address book   |   Help

We hate spam. We do not sell or share the email addresses you provide.