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In This Community of Brazilian Cave Insects, Females Wear the Penises, Literally
A genus of insect that inhabits caves in eastern Brazil has reversed sex organs, say scientists
By Helen Thompson
In the caves of eastern Brazil, there lives a group of winged insects that mate in a way that will blow your mind.
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Oh. My. God.
During mating, the female’s spiny penis gets tightly anchored to the male vagina’s sperm duct, allowing the female to receive the semen. In other words, this penis functions more like a straw than a spout. If the male tried to break away, his abdomen would rip open, and he would dramatically lose his genitals. These female insects also mate with multiple males and can store two batches of sperm in the body.
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