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The Joy of Six Legged Sex: An Evening of Insect Courtship and Cocktails

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Friday, May 31, 2013
7:25 PM - 10:00 PM
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Staten Island Museum

Join a unique night of cocktails, courtship, and conversation with leading experts about how insects and humans attract their mates. The fun begins aboard the Staten Island Ferry as we cruise through New York Harbor at sunset, and continues when we arrive at the Staten Island Museum for insect-inspired cocktails and an after-hours talk and tour of the museum’s cicada collection, the largest in North America. Explore the strange and innovative mating strategies of the insect world—from flashy displays to arresting scents to symphonies of sound—along with some surprising parallels to human behavior. Outside, a DJ spins and insects swarm around Brandon Ballengee’s new light sculpture and insect observatory, “Love Motel For Insects.”

21 and over only.

From Manhattan:
Meet the World Science Festival group at 7:25PM at Whitehall Terminal/South Ferry, which is a short walk from the 1, 4, 5, N, R subway lines or the M1, M6 and M15 bus lines. We will take the 7:40PM ferry together as a group. After the event, catch a ferry back to Manhattan at 10:30PM or 11PM.

Presented in collaboration with the Staten Island Museum.


  • Cara Santa Maria

    Cara Santa Maria has dedicated her life to improving science literacy by communicating scientific principles across media platforms. Her published research has spanned various topics, including clinical psychological assessment, the neuropsychology of blindness, neuronal cell culture techniques, and computational neurophysiology. More »


  • John Cooley

    Environmental Scientist John Cooley grew up fascinated by the natural world in general and cicadas in particular. He spent a number of years studying flies in high alpine meadows of Colorado and exploring the mountains of the Front Range. More »
  • Helen Fisher

    Anthropologist Helen Fisher is a biological anthropologist at Rutgers University. She studies the evolution, brain systems (fMRI) and biological patterns of romantic love, mate choice, marriage, gender differences, personality, and the biology of leadership styles. More »
  • Marlene Zuk

    Author, Biologist, Professor Marlene Zuk is a biologist and writer who is interested in sex, evolution, and behavior. She is especially interested in the ways that parasites and disease influence those issues. More »