Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and the stores are full of pink cards and heart-shaped boxes of chocolate. One of the iconic images of this season is of winged Cupid with his bow and quiver of arrows. Did you ever wonder where this image came from? I just assumed it was simply another one of those ancient Greek and Roman myths.
Then I learned the myth may have been inspired by snails, specifically, by their courtship behavior. Why snails? Why not some cuddly creature like a puppy or kitten? After all, snails are hermaphrodites, that is, they possess both male and female reproductive organs. And snails are definitely not monogamous.