Wild Things: Life as We Know It

Mosquitoes, New Zealand flightless birds, pink lizards and more

In a span of ten years, more than 1,000 species were discovered in Southeast Asia's Greater Mekong region. (Rene Ries)

Mosquito Love Duet

(Maura McCarthy)
When two mosquitoes of the opposite sex approach each other, according to new research at Cornell University, they synchronize their wing beats and harmonize the buzzing, producing a high-frequency love duet. The researchers theorize that the ritual evolved as a form of sexual selection that helps females pick mates: if a male can't keep up with her song, she'll fly away to find a real Pavarotti.

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