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July 17, 2007


Close up of giant water bug

Fasting Fathers

As part of the mating process, female giant water bugs latch onto male water bugs and cement as many as one hundred and fifty eggs to his back, then leaves.

September 29, 2005


Turkey Wingmen

You probably already know that turkeys engage in courtship behavior. They blush and fan their tails and strut around while emitting a low drumming noise.
It’s attractive if you’re a female turkey. Sometimes, though, male turkey siblings pair up and pool their courtship resources. Learn more on this Moment of Science.

July 14, 2005


Guppy, James Guppy

Nobody could attract women like James Bond. They just couldn’t resist his manly qualities, like his penchant for dodging bullets, or leaping from airplanes. There’s something interesting going on here. The suggestion seems to be that males who take risks are more attractive to females. Studies done on another species, guppies, suggest just such a mechanism for the attractiveness of risk-taking. Learn more on this Moment of Science.

July 14, 2005


How Does a Cowbird Know It’s a Cowbird?

Brown-headed cowbirds are robin-sized black birds whose range covers most of North America. From a people’s point of view cowbirds are what we might call deadbeat parents. Cowbirds lay their eggs in the nests of other bird species, and the cowbird nestlings are raised by the foster parents. Since the cowbirds spend their formative months with birds of an entirely different species which has separate habits, songs, etc., how does a cowbird know it’s a cowbird? Learn more on this Moment of Science.

June 3, 2005


Greatest Whale Hits

Have you ever heard whales moan and make noise in the sea? Learn more on this Moment of Science.

March 24, 2005


Bald Eagles on the Rise

Bald eagles are not longer an endangered species. Learn more on this Moment of Science.

February 3, 2005


The Cardinal Mating Game

Imagine you're a female cardinal and you're looking for a mate. Before you are three males. Which one should you choose?

November 23, 2004


Single Fish Female Seeks Good Father

If you're a single parent, could the parental qualities you present attract a mate? It may not work for humans, but some fish find this scenario very effective.

February 11, 2004


Nice Nest

Learn about the stickleback fish and its unique mating strategy on this Moment of Science.

January 29, 2004


Flutter Battle

How do male butterflies get their mate? Find out on this Moment of Science.

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