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Animal Valentines: 5 of Nature’s Best Flirters

From stone-throwing monkeys to castle-building fish, see the lengths that some species go to please their mates.

Wild Romance: Weird Animal Courtship and Mating Rituals

Valentine’s Day inspires silly displays in the name of romance, but heart-shaped candies and sappy cards are nothing compared to the show that nature routinely puts on. From balloon-blowing seals to penis-fencing flatworms, here’s a selection of some of the flashiest—and weirdest—ways that animals show off and compete to win mates.

Stargazing Lovers: Spot the Valentine’s Day Star

Bored by chocolates and jaded with roses? Give your sweetie the gift of the heavens for Valentine’s Day this year. I’m talking about the Valentine’s Day star, which graces the skies with its brilliant red glow each year in early February. —Image courtesy A. Dupree (CfA), R. Gilliland (STScI), NASA Now, this isn’t exactly a…