Ted Talks: What We Learn From Insects’ Sex Life
In this in-depth talk Marlene Zuk shares some of the most astonishing facts about Insect’s sex life in an intriguing and witty way. She explicitly explains how insect have sex; and of course elaborately pin-points some of the most important things that we can learn from them. As such, we shouldn’t fear them but try to love and embrace insects unconditionally.
Who Is Marlene Zuk?
Marlene Zuk is one person who has dedicated her entire life studying all manner of insects. She is not only a biologist who studies insect behavior and their evolution traits, but also an accomplished writer and has immensely contributed to scientific journals. Some of her books include; Sexual selections, Riddled with Life, and Sex-on-Six Legs. Her focus is on how people tend to use animal behavior to explain complex human behavior and other related phenomenon. She teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses; Department of ecology, University of Minnesota.
What Marlene Zuk’s Talk Entails?
She elaborately explains that past surveys indicate that people are more afraid of insects than dying. This is something that should be changed at all cost, and instead we should be able to embrace insects and learn from their unique traits. There are literally millions of insect species and some are being discovered day after day. She goes further to educate that out of every 3 foods we eat; at least one has undergone pollination made possible by specific insects.
In fact, science has used insect as a basis to understand our nervous systems as well as know how really our DNA works. Overall, insect tend to do almost everything that humans do; including fighting, mating, making friends, and breaking up, too.
Marlene Zuk tries to explain why she believes that sex in insect is way more interesting that sex in people. In fact, it makes het challenge the very essence of what is really male and what is female. To begin with, she explains that there are some species that do not need to have sex in order to reproduces. A good example is the female aphid that can reproduce itself. On the other hand, some of the insect produce long sperms more than their bodies. This is what really forms the basis of their competition-and quite an interesting topic of study. In some cases, male insects will use their horns to compete for a partner to mate with. However, core of her study is on what actually we learn from these behaviors.
There are some insects that are very choosy on whom they mate with, and do often offer the female counterparts what can be called nuptial gifts. A good example of insect that depicts this character is the katydids. In this case, the female become more aggressive competing for the males.
She concludes her talk by saying that some insects do depict behavior that is often associated with the male human; but in real sense it is the exact opposite.