ckret2 (ckret2) wrote in little_details,

Insect fornication!

Now that I've gotten all your attention with the subject line...

For purposes of a sci-fi story, I need to know how insects reproduce. And I don't mean that as in "there is one female queen in the hive and a bunch of male drones fertilize her" insect reproduction. I need the actual names of the parts involved, how they connect, what they do, et cetera, and then how and where the eggs grow and how they get out. The actual nasty nitty-gritty stuff. If insects acted like perverted teenage humans and were explaining to a virgin exactly how it's done, this is how they'd explain it.

I've looked at probably a couple dozen wikipedia pages on insects, reproduction, and eggs; I've searched on Google with various combinations of the terms insects, reproduction, reproduce, anatomy, eggs, laying eggs, genitalia, and even (to my eternal shame) locust porn. (A webmaster once said that someone reached her site while searching for "locust porn", so I thought it could be informative on anatomy... ah, never mind.)

Examples from any insects would be welcome (I know, for example, that dragonflies and bees have completely different ways of doing it, I just don't know WHAT ways), and photographs or diagrams would be good as well. Mating practices (like dancing to attract a mate, biting off the male's head, etc) would be appreciated, but aren't precisely what I'm looking for.

Thank you very much!
Tags: ~animals (misc), ~science: biology (misc)

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