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S.O.B.’s Wild Kingdom: Sweet Mercy, Look At The Size Of The Testicles On This Cricket!

Holy ginormous balls, Batman! And here you thought the day would never come when you would click on a story about giant insect testicles. Scratch that item off your bucket list.

Ladies and gentlemen, behold the gonads of the bushcricket. The testes of the tuberous bushcricket (Platycleis affinis) amount to a exoskeleton-breaking 13.8 percent of his total body mass, the equivalent of a human male lugging around a set of nuts weighing 22 pounds! Imagine the wheelbarrow sales.

“We couldn’t believe the size of these organs. They seemed to fill the entire abdomen,” said Karim Vahed, a behavioural ecologist at Britain’s University of Derby.

But if you think the presence of monstrous balls makes the bushcricket a promiscuous lady-cricket-killer, think again.

“Traditionally it has been pretty safe to assume that when females are promiscuous, males use monstrously-sized testicles to deliver huge amounts of sperm to swamp the competition,” said researcher James Gilbert of Cambridge University.

“Our study shows that we have to rethink this assumption. It looks as though the testes may be that big simply to allow males to mate repeatedly without their sperm reserves being exhausted.”

Unbelievable. This astounding scientific discovery, to put it bluntly, is completely nuts. And you can stuff that fact and lug it around in a sack, Jack.

Gonad greatness: bushcricket has record testicles [Yahoo!/AFP]