Several animal species exhibit a unique and tragic reproductive phenomenon where females die shortly after giving birth. Here are four examples:
1. Semelparous Salmon.
Pacific salmon, such as the Chinook or Coho, undertake incredible journeys to their natal rivers to spawn. After laying their eggs, the females often die from exhaustion, leaving their offspring to fend for themselves.
2. Praying Mantises.
In some species of mantises, the female consumes the male after mating. However, after laying her eggs, she frequently falls prey to predators or dies naturally.
3. Honeybee Queens.
Honeybee queens have the crucial role of laying eggs to sustain the hive. They can lay hundreds of eggs daily but typically die from exhaustion or predation after a few years, as their ovaries become non-functional.
Many octopus species die shortly after laying and guarding their eggs. This act of maternal care, during which they cease feeding and gradually weaken, culminates in their death. It is a self-sacrificial reproductive strategy...See More