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MARCH 02 2020 / PEST AND TERMITE
We all have our own special way of showing interest in someone who has caught our eye. Bugs are the same. There are millions of insect species and each one has a unique way of attracting a mate. Their techniques also vary depending on the sex of the insect. A human might go up to a person they’re interested in to introduce themselves or even ask for their number. Next, they will do whatever it takes to impress their new love interest. Similarly, insects send out visual or auditory signals, do a dance, or release chemicals in order to secure a mate.
We all know and love fireflies for their glowing lights. It turns out, they use their light to attract a mate. When a female flashes her light in a specific pattern, she is letting the male know she’s looking for a mate.
Male crickets produce a sound by rubbing their forewings together, creating a song. In order to REALLY, captivate their potential mate, they produce a softer tune after they’ve already gotten a female’s attention.
Female cecropia moths release a scent that is so strong, it sends all of the male moths her way. Her scent is so powerful that a male moth can pick up her scent from a mile away, literally.
Women like men who smell good and female bumblebees are the same way. Male bumblebees will mark a perch by releasing pheromones. Pheromones can be thought of as an insect’s cologne. He then waits for a female bumblebee to follow his scent so he can entice her up close.
Unfortunately, it’s too late to use these techniques to find a mate this Valentine’s Day. But maybe, just maybe you can learn from the bugs and come back next year with that special someone. We don’t recommend using the fireflies or crickets technique, though. And if you’re using the moth or bumblebee technique, just make sure it’s a pleasant scent.