Insects have their own methods of avoiding unwanted male attention. The moorland hawker dragonfly fertilizes her eggs through a single instance of sexual contact. Any additional lovemaking can damage her body and her babies. Unlike other species of dragonfly, the hawker males don’t stick around to protect their mates after they get it on, leaving the ladies vulnerable.
To protect themselves, pregnant females resort to desperate measures when pursued by males. The female dragonfly will stop beating her wings and go into a free-fall dive, playing dead for as long as it takes for the male to lose interest. Once they’re gone, the female flies to safety.
Some butterflies have developed a chemical deterrent to unwanted mates. After mating is complete, green-veined white butterflies emit a chemical called methyl salicylate that violently repels any male in the area — it’s kind of like a natural pepper spray. Interestingly, this chemical is transferred to females by the males during sex.
All this to say that love in the wilderness is pretty damn intense. Regardless of what sexual educators would have you believe, neither the birds nor the bees have it that easy. Sure, female animals don’t have to worry about their exes stalking them on Facebook, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t still dealing with clueless males.