Insect Homosexuality: Accident or Foul Play?

April 29, 2016 | Posted In: General

Insect Homosexuality: Accident or Foul Play?

Yep, you probably already knew that homosexuality existed among animals in the wild, and now I can confirm your suspicions that insects do it too. Homosexual intercourse is actually not that uncommon in the insect world. However, the reasons behind it are rather unusual…

Male insects often accidentally have sex with each other. You heard me. A common scenario is that two male bugs accidentally get it on during mating season. Why and how does this happen? Well, it turns out that insects are programmed to mate “quick and dirty.” Bugs rush around mating with every possible female they can as fast as possible so as not to lose any opportunity to pass along their genes. In some cases male insects carry around the scent of the female they have just mated with, and some other guy rushing to impregnate as many girls as he can accidentally mistakes the poor bastard for a chick. Other times the male and females look so similar that they just cant tell the difference during the mating rush, and go after everyone in their vicinity just to be on the safe side.

However, there is a dark side to this gay lifestyle. In some instances male insects will intentionally get down and dirty with one of the guys in order to distract them from finding potential female mates. That’s just mean!

Did you know homosexuality existed in the insect world? What do you think of the reasons?