a bug's wife 

They fly slowly and erratically, making them easy prey for birds. But that's the advantage to dating so early in the year — most predatory birds are still in warmer lands.

The behavior of the male stonefly, says James River Park Manager Ralph White, is much like that of human male courtship behavior: "They're out looking for females, trying to get it on, and they're having lack of success. And they go up to a stick, or a board, or a branch, and they beat their head against it. And that's how they attract females" — by producing sexy vibrations.

Lovestruck stoneflies are out already along the banks of the James, White says. "You can see them flying if you walk along the paths or along the meadows." After mating, females lay eggs in the water and then die. Adults live no more than a week. "They spend almost all their lives underwater, fattening up, eating algae and plankton, and sometimes one another, parts of one another especially," White says. "Then they come out for a frantic couple of weeks. … they come out, fly around and meet the opposite sex."

Ahh, sweet romance. — Melissa Scott


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

  • Re: Dr. William Regelson

    • RIP But why he died so early? Unfortunately I cannot find more about him, no…

    • on February 19, 2017
  • Re: NSFW: Naked Jogger Emerges Again in Fan District

    • Hello everyone! I still dont know the right words to express my Gratitude to the…

    • on February 18, 2017
  • Re: Bill Would Inventory the History of Formerly Enslaved African Americans in Virginia

    • ^ I find "Seven Years' War" less offensive.

    • on February 17, 2017
  • More »
  • Latest in News and Features

    Copyright © 2017 Style Weekly
    Richmond's alternative for news, arts, culture and opinion
    All rights reserved
    Powered by Foundation