A Plague of Bed Bugs - Alex Wild Photography
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Cimex lectularius

Cimex lectularius

Bed bugs have an unusual style of mating called traumatic insemination. Males, instead of aiming for the female genital opening, pierce her armor and inject sperm directly into the body cavity. This behavior causes some damage to the females but is thought to help males outcompete each others' sperm. Laboratory culture at the University of Kentucky.

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