These pollinator dating profiles are wonderfully strange

"One night we might chow down on a huge centipede, the next night a delicate vegetarian feast at my favorite cactus flower." Romantic.

Ever wonder what a Karner Blue Butterfly's dating profile would look like?

The answer to that question is definitely "Yes" for everybody. And fortunately for us, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has an answer.

In a delightfully offbeat Medium post, the USFWS put together dating pitches for some butterflies, bees, and other creatures.

Why? Well they're all pollinators – animals that move pollen around plants, helping them grow fruit or seeds. And it's National Pollinator Week, seven days to celebrate the important creatures and raise awareness about what people can do to help protect them. Some pollinators are dying off, putting crops at risk.

"[T]o pollinate successfully, they have to have healthy populations to do so," the USFWS Medium post explains. "That’s why, it may just be time for pollinators to jump onto the online dating scene."

So for example, there's the rufous hummingbird – a florist, its fake profile says.

"I spend a lot of time out in the garden and have been called feisty more than once!" one sentence of the bio reads.

Or the pallid bat, who says he/she is looking for a partner "who isn’t afraid to try new things - one night we might chow down on a huge centipede, the next night a delicate vegetarian feast at my favorite cactus flower."


Anyway, there are nine fake profiles on the Medium post. And they are excellent, so make sure to take a look.

This story is part of our Best of the Web section – which is just cool stuff we find online and want to share with you.

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