The Strangest Animal Mating Rituals You’ll Ever Hear About

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Red Velvet Mites

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As miniature as it may appear, this mite has an unusual mating habit. X marks the spot in this ritual whereby the male releases its sperms on small stalks of grass, laying down an elaborate smooth path to the garden where he has planted his “seeds.” After finding the trail, the female follows it, seeking out the perpetrator and sits on the sperm if she likes the work, becoming fertilized. Unfortunately, if another male sets eyes on the spot, he destroys it laying down his own instead.

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