The many meanings of seduction: The talks in Session 3 of TEDWomen 2015

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Marlene Zuk speaks at TEDWomen2015 - Momentum, Session 3, May 28, 2015, Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California, USA. Photo: Marla Aufmuth/TED Marlene Zuk speaks at TEDWomen2015 – Momentum, Session 3, May 28, 2015, Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California, USA. Photo: Marla Aufmuth/TED

Seduction happens in many forms. The speakers in this session highlight unexpected twists on the topic — a romance of dueling banjos, the allure of insects, and our ever-widening definition of love. Short recaps of the talks in this session…

What we learn from insect sex. “You could have an insect-of-the-month calendar and not have to reuse a species for 80,000 years,” says biologist Marlene Zuk. She loves studying insects because their behavior is so different from our own. “The wild variety that we see makes us challenge some of our own assumptions about what it means to be male and female,” she says. Female aphids can make clones of themselves without mating; male katydids offer their partners a nutritious “nuptial gift” while mating, which makes the ladies very choosy about partners; for bees, wasps and ants, the fiercest…

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