On one colourful flower, a pitched battle is raging

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Source: BBC

Female monkey beetles will only mate on a flower, so if a male wants to secure a mate, he must first secure a blossom of his own

Sometimes the smallest lives are the most dramatic.

Male monkey beetles are just as driven to pass on their genes to their offspring as any other animal. But rather than fighting for control of a vast territory or a harem of females, they need to take over a flower.

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