Saturday, October 20, 2007

Love, or Something Like It

On a purely practical level, there is no issue of greater relevance to a species than the sexing and the baby-making. And always aimed towards responsible dissemination of information and, well, sensationalism -- next week: blue footed boobies! -- we bring you our new weekly feature on animals, afterdark (or well, sometimes in the middle of the day). This week: the crane fly!
Welp, I think the picture speaks for itself. But mating itself is very important to the life cycle of the crane fly.
"Neither adult species will eat more than a little nectar or pollen during their
lifetime. They exist simply to mate and produce the next generation. .....
Something they are very good at."
After consumation, the female will plump and eventually lay her eggs (several hundred of them, Wilt Chamberlain wishes he were this potent) on moist soil or mud near open water. The whole process takes little over 24 hours and larvae develop over winter.
Crane Fly - A Nature Observer's Notebook
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