Is traumatic mating evolutionarily old?

11 November 2012

Question

Does traumatic mating precede the more usual kind of insemination that we associate with insects?

Answer

Richard - No, it didn't preceded it. It came secondarily. Bed bugs do have a normal reproductive tract through which they lay their eggs and this is a way of the males bypassing the normal route to try and get more of the offspring for themselves.

Add a comment

CAPTCHA
This question is for testing whether or not you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.