courtship

This Courting Bird Has More Dance Moves Than John Travolta

When they’re courting, male Carola’s Parotia put on one hell of a show. Whenever this bird-of-paradise from New Guinea gets females to visit his painstakingly-prepared display court, he runs through six specific dance moves, each of which has to be performed well, and in the right order, to convince a…

Male Black Widows Go To Crazy Lengths To Keep A Female To Themselves

Male Black Widows Go To Crazy Lengths To Keep A Female To Themselves

You probably already know male black widow spiders are risking their lives when they go courting — but it’s actually worse than that. They face tough competition for the “honour” of mating. Once a virgin black widow female puts up a pheromone-laden mating web, males run in from all around…