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American Journal of Zoological Research. 2016, 4(1), 1-6
DOI: 10.12691/ajzr-4-1-1
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Reproductive and Survival Strategies Utilized by Insect. A Review

Okore Oghale O’woma.1, Ubiaru Prince Chigozirim.1, , Onyenwe Emmanuel1 and Ekedo Mathias. Chukwuebuka1

1Department of Zoology and Environmental Biology, College of Natural Sciences, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Umuahia Abia State, Nigeria

Pub. Date: May 18, 2016

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Okore Oghale O’woma., Ubiaru Prince Chigozirim., Onyenwe Emmanuel and Ekedo Mathias. Chukwuebuka. Reproductive and Survival Strategies Utilized by Insect. A Review. American Journal of Zoological Research. 2016; 4(1):1-6. doi: 10.12691/ajzr-4-1-1


Insects are the most diverse and abundant of all groups of animals despite their small sizes and vulnerability as they employ many specialized strategies during reproduction. They have high reproductive rates and numerous behavioural and physiological adaptations that assure them a fair fight in the struggle for survival. They have different means of attracting mates prior to copulation such as serenades, dances, foreplay, nuptial gifts, aphrodisiac and visual signals. Survival strategies such as bi-parental care, maternal care, paternal care, hygienic behaviour, migration, diapauses, parthenogenesis and polymorphism are exhibited by insects which give them an advantage for surviving in their environment. Humanity and other living organisms will have difficulties in surviving if all insects fail to utilize their reproductive and survival strategies and suddenly disappear.

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