|Herakles and the Stymphalian Birds|
Attic Black Figured Amphora
6th c. BC, British Museum
Termites, being almost universally neuter in gender, are not capable of sexual adventures. Heracles himself could be pretty randy, as in the tale of the daughters of Thespius. A king named Thespius had fifty daughters and, fearing they would make bad matches, he sent each of them in turn to sleep with Heracles when the hero was staying at Thespius's palace. Heracles managed to engender some 50 sons. And that was when Heracles was only 18 years old!