Giant Water Bug Parenting
by Christine Dell’Amore
Talk about back-breaking work—the male giant water bug, pictured above in California, literally totes around his brood of about 150 eggs until they hatch.
After a courtship of sparring and grasping, these ferocious insects mate, and the females cement their fertilized eggs to the males’ backs with a natural glue.
Over the next three weeks, the male becomes a “very effective dad,” Scott Forbes, a University of Winnipeg biologist and author of A Natural History of Families, said in 2009. The daddy water bug fiercely protects his eggs and periodically exposes them to air to prevent them from growing mold.
(via: National Geo) (Photograph: Gerald &Buff Corsi, Visuals Ultd.)