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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

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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

8:39AM PDT on Mar 19, 2013

some humans kill and die for love too

8:54AM PDT on Mar 16, 2013

thanks for sharing :)

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