A Bug’s Life

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I bet there are many Aussie men turning green with envy as we speak…heck, not just Aussie men!

As life goes, it doesn’t get much better than for male Zeus bugs.

The tiny water bugs that are common along Australia’s east coast have an easy life. Their female partners provide free food, transport and unlimited sex whenever they want it.

“All the advantages in this relationship seem to fall to the male with no obvious advantage for the female, yet the female Zeus bug seems a willing partner in this one-sided affair,” Dr Mark Elgar, of the University of Melbourne in Australia, said on Wednesday.

I guess the female is kind of like the bug version of Saddam Hussein’s wives.

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An Aussie immigrant to Israel, David Lange is founder and managing editor of Israellycool. He is a happy family man, and a lover of steak, Australian sports and single malt whisky.