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Six-legged sex : the erotic lives of bugs
Wangberg, James K. (James Keith)
Publication Information:
Golden, Colo. : Fulcrum Pub., [2001]

Physical Description:
143 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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A rollicking, readable series of portraits of bugs in their most intimate moments.

Author Notes

James Wangberg has been exploring the world of insects since childhood & has enjoyed a 25-year career in education, research, administration & public & professional service. A professor of entomology at the University of Wyoming in Laramie, he is the author of "Do Bees Sneeze?" a natural history for young readers. He has been recognized with university, regional & national teaching awards.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Entomologist Wangberg knows that many scientists write up their observations on the sexual lives of insects in erudite entomological journals that circulate mainly among the initiated. Believing that, for example, a paper entitled "Sexual Selection in Resource Defense Polygyny" belies a bawdy tale just screaming to be told, Wangberg "translated" technical jargon into dozens of stories about the way boys meet girls in the insect world. Jazzed up by whimsical illustrations of bugs in action, Wangberg's vignettes anthropomorphize to humorous effect a variety of mating instincts, such as serenading, proffering gifts, and dancing--the latter apparently all the rage among fruit flies. Alas, courtship is not always so courtly: a good deal of fighting, raping, killing, and cannibalizing occurs among insects. Scientists have also studied the shapes of insect penises, couplings of tantric duration, and the swarming orgies of mayflies--and they get paid for it! But their efforts provide our amusement in this informative, slightly tongue-in-cheek look at the scientific literature. --Gilbert Taylor

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. 7
Introductionp. 8
1 Powerful Aphrodisiacs and Other Insect Love Potions: The Scent of a Woman; Spanishflyp. 11
2 Love Songs and Serenades: Insect Violins and Harps; A Singing Penis; Insect Percussionists; Insect Duets, Choruses, and Balladsp. 17
3 You Light My Fire: Insect Flashers: Don't Dim the Lights; Insect Fatal Attractionsp. 23
4 Dirty Dancing and Sexual Foreplay: Dressing for the Big Dance; Basic Dance Steps; Insect Kissing and Pettingp. 29
5 Do Not Open Before Sex: Nuptial Giftsp. 35
6 But Will You Respect Me in the Morning?: Feed Me, Cuddle Me; Protect Mep. 39
7 Boys in the 'Hood: Location, Location, Location!; Fighting for the 'Hoodp. 45
8 Insect Sex Hangouts: Hilltop Parking and Lover's Lane; Lonely Vigils--Males in Waitingp. 49
9 I'll Show You Mine If You'll Show Me Yours: Horny Insects; Bite Me, Pinch Me; Feelers and Other Sex Gearp. 55
10 The Well-Endowed Male: Bigger and Better; Look at the Eyes on That Guy!p. 63
11 My Sperm Are Better Than Your Sperm: My Sperm Are Bigger Than Your Sperm; My Sperm Look Cooler Than Your Sperm; Move Over, Buddy; Watch Your Step; Right This Way, Missp. 69
12 Ouch! Watch Where You're Sticking That!: Stabbed for Sexp. 75
13 Pardon Me! I Thought You Were My Wife: Insect-Plant Menage a Troisp. 79
14 Sexual Stamina: How Long Do They Do It?; How Often Do They Do It?p. 83
15 The Sexually Inhibited Insect: Caution: Dangerous Sex Ahead; Headless Sexp. 87
16 Insect Chastity Belts: Homemade Devices; Mutilations and Suicidep. 91
17 The Insect Kama Sutra and Other Sexual Acrobatics: Dragons and Damsels; Bee Acrobats; Anytime, Anywherep. 95
18 Bug Bondage and Insect S and M: Tie Me Down; Toxic Semenp. 99
19 Insect Orgies: Sex on the Wing; Orgy Landmarksp. 103
20 Insect Prostitutes: No Food, No Gift, No Sexp. 109
21 Insect STDs: The Paths to Infection; Treatments, Cures, and Unusual Resultsp. 113
22 Insect Sex Crimes: Forced Sex; Incest; Pedophilia; Infanticidep. 117
23 Sexual Faux Pas: Sex After Death; Mount First, Ask Questions Later; Insect Dirty Tricksp. 125
24 Sex Wanted: Males Need Not Apply: Doing It Alonep. 129
25 Insect Sexual Potpourri: Precocious Insects--Babies Having Babies; Insect Harems; Cannibal Sexp. 133
Bibliographyp. 138
Indexp. 142