From gift-giving to sexy moves, some creatures have a leg up in the mating game.
Every holiday comes with expectations — we want fireworks on July 4th, turkey on Thanksgiving turkey, and sweets and romance on Valentine’s Day.
And these animals are ready to deliver. So if you’re not ready for Cupid, take a cue from these creatures who win Valentine’s Day with all the right moves.
This beauty knows how to give a girl a multi-purpose gift. The male ornate moth, found through most of the United States and extending into South America, gives its mate what’s known in the insect world as a “nuptial gift.”
Ornate moths absorb noxious chemicals called alkaloids from rattlebox flowers and hang onto them as chemical defenses. The chemicals “are passed to the females by males during mating and then on to eggs,” says Andrei Sourakov of the Florida Museum of Natural History.