The Love-Life of Animals Author:Wolfgang von Buddenbrock Here is a popular account of an important but little explored area of animal behavior. Written for the intelligent layman, The Love-Life of Animals examines in representative forms of life -- insects, birds and vertebrates -- the basic principles of courtship and mating. Sexual differences, difficult to distinguish in many animals, are discuss... more »ed in detail. Sex recognition (that is how creatures discover a potential mate)courtship behavior, sexual fighting, types of sexual union and varieties of domestic life are described. Wolfgang von Buddenbrock gives a fascinating account of the marvelous ways nature reproduces itself. You will find explanations for phenomena you have seen but not understood. Huge flights of gnats on a summer evening are engaged in mating behavior. the bright plumage of male birds has a huge impact in the mating ritual. Crickets, frogs and birds sing, but is it for pleasure or for mating calls? How should one interpret the steady flashing of the lightening bug?
The book ends with a section describing the care of the young.« less