Birds do it. Bees do it. Humans do it. In fact every animal on this earth does it. But do they all do it the same way? Mating habits in the animal kingdom range from the sublime to ridiculous, but each animal, in their own unique way, accomplishes the same goal.
Welcome to the Secret Sex Lives of Animals, a weekly column on the bizarre, wonderful, colourful and sometimes shocking world of animal mating habits.
Why does a praying mantis kill her mate, sometimes before they even finish the act?
Is there an evolutionary advantage of having three sexes instead of two?
Why are dolphins so promiscuous and beavers so monogamous?
The Secret Sex Lives of Animals is published each Monday at 12:00 pm GMT.