Animals for which the act of love is deadly
Sometimes the act of mating takes the life of an animal in the process or immediately after it. Such an act can last from several hours to a whole day.
1. Mantis bite off the head after mating
As known, mantis femalesswallow the male's head during or after mating. However, not all females do it. In an experiment on 40 pairs of praying mantis, only one pair performed this ritual. The male can avoid the sad fate only by chance.
Sometimes the female mantis devours the male completely. Often she bites off a male's head, and then mates with a headless body. Although the act leads to the death of the male, it provides the female with a better chance of fertilization.
2Madagascar Chameleons quickly live and die after mating
Chameleons of the species Furcifer labordi living in the dry forests of Madagascar, live only a year. They spend almost 8 months inside the egg, and after hatching, they live 4-5 months and die immediately after the reproduction act.
Males and females fight each other, and if it does not lead to death, aggression leads to the development of high levels of hormones, which kills them.
3. Northern martins live fiercely and die after mating
The male is also very aggressive during breeding, he scratches, bites and sometimes kills the female. Even if the male survives after a full day of mating, he can live from a few days to a week after that.
4. Sea elephants fiercely compete and crush the female.
Elephant seals are on the verge of extinction. These marine mammals migrate to the beach and breed in winter.Males begin to fight for the best and largest territories, trying to suppress the weakest ones.
The ratio of males and females is usually 1 to 10, and dozens of females mate with an alpha male and give birth to offspring. Sometimes, when a male becomes enraged, he can bite the female and crush her to death. Airplanes flying low can scare the colony, and frightened animals run to the water, crushing the young.
5. Bees reach climax with a blast.
The ritual of mating bees is quite interesting and shocking. After the formation of a colony, working bees choose a queen bee and protect it from rivals. As soon as the queen bee reaches maturity, it selects tens of males from several thousand in the colony. But it is difficult to call the selected males lucky, because during mating the sex organs of the drone explode, and it dies. The genitalia remain inside the queen bee and fertilize it.
After this ritual, the uterus can lay up to 1,500 eggs per day for 3 years.
6. Squid mating is common
When the breeding season begins, the males and females gather in one place. Squids of the species Taningia danae pierce the females with sharp hooks, and then put seed appendages into the holes formed,fertilizing her.
Another type of squid Onykia ingens releases spermatozoa with enzymes that dissolve tissue through the skin of the female. Once the female is fertilized, she is able to produce thousands of eggs at the same time. Cubs of squids begin to swim from birth and are able to protect themselves. At the same time, adults do not live long and usually die after reproduction.
7. The male of the fine Brazilian possum dies after mating, and the female after birth
Mating is an important part of the lives of people and animals, but few of them so strongly want to pass on their genes that they almost die of exhaustion. The recently discovered species of possums mates for 14 hours with as many females as possible.
During the breeding season, the male body produces so much of the stress hormone that its body is almost completely turned off. The male grabs any females and mates until it dies.
8. Fence iguanas do not live long and die immediately after mating.
Fence iguanas have a relatively short life, and they reach maturity within 5 months after birth. After reaching maturity, they mate only once in a lifetime.After that, females live for about 2-3 months and die from natural causes. Males can survive females for 7-8 months.
9. Bed bugs practice traumatic insemination
In nature, mating is not always a pleasant and fascinating process. Bed bugs are an excellent example of this, as they practice the so-called traumatic insemination.
The male does not make any effort to find the female reproductive organs. Instead, he pierces the female in the belly and fertilizes her. The sperm then passes through the body of the female, reaching the ovaries. Although this process seems painful and frightening, such an unusual method is natural for bed bugs.
10. Flatworms show love piercing each other.
Flatworms are hermaphroditic, which means that they can have both male and female reproductive organs. During the mating season, flatworms use the reproductive organs as a dagger, which they also use to hunt for prey. If a flatworm pierces another, it must give up all its resources to become a mother. The worm, which is pierced, takes motherhood, and the other lives a happy "bachelor" life.