How do butterflies have sex

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Butterflies' lives are all about flight. Their vibrant wings are the largest, most visible parts of their bodies, and they spend much of their time in the air. Flying takes a lot of energy, and to get this energy, butterflies drink the nectar from flowers, which require the power of flight to reach. Even when resting, butterflies are often preparing for flight by keeping their wing muscles warm enough to move. All this flight isn't just for enjoyment, and butterflies' colorful wings aren't just for show -- it all ties to reproduction in one way or another.

This Common Butterfly Has an Extraordinary Sex Life

Love is in the air: how butterflies date | Natural History Museum

For most butterflies, finding a mate to share their short lives with is their most important mission. To meet 'the one' among a swathe of unsuitable or unwilling partners, butterflies must adopt clever tactics. Lepidoptera curator Dr Alberto Zilli explains exactly what it takes for a lonely insect to land that all-important meeting. One of the easiest ways for butterflies to find a mate is by being as colourful as possible - a technique these insects don't need to think about. Species that fly in the day can afford to rely heavily on colours, and their displays range from delicate pastels to iridescent blues.

Love is in the air: how butterflies date

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He only did so because the butterfly he wanted to work with had gone through a population crash, and he needed a reliable replacement. Over the last few years, Morehouse and his colleagues, including Nathan Clark who is also at the University of Pittsburgh, have shown that the sex life of a seemingly unremarkable butterfly is utterly remarkable. It features sperm packages of ungodly size.