Another Reason It’s Good To Be Human: Male Bugs Kill With “Daggerlike Penises”
5:15 pm, May 9th | by Laura Donovan
Gloating aside, you have yet another reason to be thankful you’re not a female insect: Violent sex is a huge problem among warehouse pirate bugs. The males of this variety use their “daggerlike penises” to impregnate their female counterparts, but not in typical procreative fashion. Their deadly sexual organs break open the female’s body wall and send sperm straight into her abdomen, and this sort of traumatic insemination makes the ladies breed like rabbits but pass away early in life. Study researcher, Thomas Cameron of Sweden explained the eye-popping phenomenon to LiveScience:
“These multiply mated females died at a significantly younger age, but they started laying eggs earlier and at a higher rate to compensate. I would say it’s not quite right to say that multiple mating is good for females, but it is something that they have evolved to deal with.”
Insects may not have to pay bills or work long hours, but they have their issues, too. Just like we’ve evolved to deal with men children in recent years, our warehouse pirate bug female friends have evolved to put up with their destructive male counterparts who are more dangerous to be around than Edward Cullen. They don’t call dudes ladykillers for no reason.