You Did What to That Earwig?
So I read the following statement on the internet:
Japanese Scientists discover when you pull off an earwig’s penis, another just pops back in its place.
Despite the infallibility of information found on the internet, I decided to find out if this is true.
Don’t worry–I didn’t pull any penises off any earwigs. Frankly, it seems like a really weird thing to do.
With all of the wonders in science and nature and the mysteries to unravel, why would a group of scientists spend their days pulling the penises off earwigs?
A group of scientists from Belgium attempted the same experiment with hippos. The results were varied: some of the scientists were trampled to death; others were simply maimed.
I found the following passage at The Japan Times:
Males have two, extremely long penises (sometimes longer than their bodies). The female has only one reproductive tract, but it is also very long, a convoluted tube. Sometimes during copulation, the male’s penis breaks off from his body and is lost inside the female. This is not as disastrous as it might be, because, Japanese research suggests, the male can simply use his spare penis.
Males have two, extremely long penises (sometimes longer than their bodies).
I think I’ve found my answer to why Japanese scientists are pulling the penises off earwigs: jealousy.