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Mystery of the blunt-tipped beetle penis

Source: norwegianscitechnews.com

It was the shape of the penis that first set insect scientist Frode Ødegaard on his multi-year odyssey.

The year was 2013, and he and colleague Oddvar Hanssen were poring over a massive amount of insect material that had been collected on coastal wetlands in southern Norway. Their task was to identify the species and count and record them to find out how important coastal beaches are for endangered insect species.

It was when he saw the penis of a specimen of the leaf beetle Galerucella tenella in profile that he began to wonder. MORE

Header image: A. Staverløkk.

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