Monday, May 29, 2006

On the promiscuous amours of ladybugs...

Two Asian Ladybugs (Harmonia axyridis)
Joined by a Male Convergent Ladybug (Hippodamia convergens)
(Borrowed from Microecos)

This instance of polymorphous promiscuity among ladybugs comes from the fine blog Microecos: Minor Musings on the Macrocosm, which also supplies an explict close-up for those prurient enough to be curious about the specific details of this particular tumble in the jungle. As Microecos points out:
As if polyamory wasn't risque enough, these beetles are blatantly breaking the "inter-species sex taboo."

For that peculiar perversion, these ladybugs have a wide range of choices, there being over 4,500 species of ladybugs! Or so say those fine scholars at Wikipedia, who also presents some moderately explict photos of ladybugs mating en masse. Perhaps this propensity for mass mating coupled with interspecific sex explains the enormous number of species -- they're all hybrid offspring!

Today's blog entry will, no doubt, be further grist for the rumor mill grinding out the scuttlebutt that I'm "really into porn."


At 2:20 PM, Blogger Jessica said...

I knew Wikipedia could redeem itself in your eyes. ;)

At 3:25 PM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Those Wikid scholars outdid themselves this time.

Jeffery Hodges

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At 5:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks (again) for helping to sow the seeds of microecos.

That wikipedia photo of the Romanesque gathering of convergents may help to explain this lad's confusion. Though most web-references suggest the name comes from geometry of the white markings on the prothecum and not from the habit of "converging" by the millions.

Beetles in general are awfully speciose. Haldane would have us believe it's due to God's fondness, though in the case of ladybugs I'd suspect the Virgin played an active role.

At 7:06 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Neil, glad to be of help to one so helpful as you. You have a fine blog.

I'm familiar with Haldane's remark from my history-of-science days at Berkeley.

By the way, you might also be interested in this blog on science-related things:

Relevant History

Pang is a futurologist with a Berkeley Ph.D. in the history of science. You may possibly find something of use there.

Jeffery Hodges

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At 3:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


At 4:06 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Yeah, those ladybugs are real losers, never accomplishing anything, but shhhh... don't speak too loudly, or you'll hurt their feelings...

Jeffery Hodges

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At 4:19 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

In reflecting further on Anonymous's 'losers' email, it occurs to me that Anonymous might be refering to the ladybugs' perverted activities.

Are two of the little buggers engaging in what Elton John called "Philadelphia Freedom"?

By the way, I've always considered that a slur on the fine City of Philadelphia!

Philadephia's freedom is extolled by the liberty bell, not the perverted activities of promiscuous ladybugs!

Jeffery Hodges

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