Without a doubt, frisky humans have a variety of tricks — some odd — up their sleeves. But when compared to the courting rituals of insects, the revealing lingerie, Barry White and a dab of Drakkar Noir on the wrists seems like child’s play. Brutish, aggressive, anatomically puzzling and straight-out weird, the ways in which insects seduce and procreate isn’t always pleasant but is endlessly fascinating … or squirm-inducing, depending on whom you ask.
We present the detailed mating habits of six types of insects and the orb-weaving spider (which isn’t technically an insect due to the number of legs). Now let’s get it on, shall we? (Text: Matt Hickman)