Celebrating Female Might in Nature

While we celebrated International Day of Women and Girls in Science on 11 February, we thought we’d also celebrate some of our female counterparts in nature too.

In nature, the spotlight often falls on males, but a closer look reveals that there are some tough, strong females out there playing key roles in their communities. This is true across the globe, where female animals demonstrate leadership, strength, and survival skills crucial for their species’ success.

Queen honey bee, Rob Dose

In the insect world, the matriarchal societies of bees and ants highlight the critical role of females. The queen bee, the heart of the hive, is responsible for laying all the eggs, ensuring the colony’s continuation. Similarly, in ant colonies, the queen’s role is pivotal for reproduction, while female worker ants tirelessly gather food, care for the queen’s offspring, and protect the colony, showcasing a highly organized, female-led society.

Echidna, J Yurasek-DPE

The echidna, one of Australia’s most beloved native species, showcases the resilience and independence of females in the wild. Female echidnas lay eggs and carry them in a pouch, nurturing their young with dedication and fierce protection against predators.

Elephant, Greg Willis Wikimedia

The elephant matriarchs of the African and Asian forests and savannas lead their herds with wisdom and strength. These matriarchs hold decades of knowledge essential for the survival of their herds, guiding them to water sources during droughts and leading them across vast landscapes to find food, all while teaching the younger generations crucial survival skills.

We acknowledge all these strong female characters in nature and encourage you to learn a little more about all the females in the natural world.  You might be amazed at what you find.