Birds do it, bees do it -- but how? With corkscrew penises, "cloacal kisses," suicide mating flights and other completely fascinating sexy-time mechanisms, it turns out.
Here are 10 facts you might not have known about the reproductive lives of our feathered and stingered friends, prompted by the onset of spring, that friskiest of seasons:
And, look, let's not get prudish now. Here's a video of sperm being collected from a drone. We asked the scientist who made this video, Peter Schley, if drones whose semen is procured in this manner also have to die right away.
Bad news for the bees: he said yes, that both natural and manual copulation "tear important nerves."
It's fascinating, still, though might not put you in the mood for exploring the human version of the birds and bees -- or for honey:
This piece has been updated with comments from Peter Schley.