Insect ABC's

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Male giant water bugs carry their eggs on their backs and help the babies to hatch. Males with broods of children generally are not attractive to females, so they must mate in between batches of eggs. When they do mate with females they are known to copulate for long periods of time, 100 times in 36 hrs for example. Source: Reproduction Decreases Life Span in the Giant Waterbug (Belostoma flumineum). Gilg, Matthew R. ,Kruse, Kipp C. American Midland Naturalist ; Apr2003, Vol. 149 Issue 2, p306, 14p, 6 charts, 5 graphs

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