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Gay Monarch Butterflies and Homosexuality in Nature

Steve Andrews has an expert knowledge of the natural world and has written many published articles on wildlife and gardening.

Homosexuality in the natural world

Last year, I reared many Monarch Butterflies and one day I noticed that a male who had dried his wings and been out flying had come back to my balcony and was making efforts to copulate with a slightly younger male that was still resting while its wings fully dried out. I took some photos.

I had a look online and discovered that the Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus) is one of the very many species of animals that regularly show homosexual and bisexual behaviour. Wikipedia gives a very long list and details of many species of mammals, birds, reptile, amphibian, fish and insect that are known to exhibit homosexual behaviour. The Monarch is on the list.

Homosexual Monarch Butterflies

Homosexual male Monarch butterfly behaviour

Homosexual male Monarch butterfly behaviour

Male Monarch attempting to copulate with another male

Male Monarch attempting to copulate with another male

The Biblical view

Meanwhile some humans guided by religious books like the Holy Bible claim that is wrong. This doesn't make a lot of sense when you consider how many other life-forms exhibit homosexuality and bisexuality as normal behaviour and that it exists in the presence of members of the opposite sex in the species concerned.

This was the case with the Monarch Butterflies where I live. There were female butterflies about so the male was choosing to mate with another male. It is interesting because this species has visual signs to distinguish one sex from the other. Male butterflies have a black spot marking on their wings and are larger, whereas females are smaller, have darker coloured wings and no black spot.

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Animal homosexuality and bisexuality compared with in humans also raises the question: if it is wrong why did the same God who made us make so many other animals that can be homosexuals or bisexuals?

Clearly there is nothing wrong with it. Homosexuality is a normal part of nature.

I am sure you will have seen male dogs attempting to have sex with other males. This is a very common form of behaviour for these animals. Bonobo apes normally indulge in homosexuality and bisexuality as well.

Recently in the news, there has been the touching story of the two male gay penguins who have looked after an egg they were given and are happy as couple. Black Swan males are apparently often like this too and will rear cygnets from eggs laid by females they have no interest in sexually.

Once again I am left with the conclusion that animals live in a better way than humans who find fault with others of their own species because of what is written in a book.

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© 2009 Steve Andrews

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