05 August 2006

Cue the cheezy porn music....

'Cause slugs are gettin' it on in my garden:

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...believe it or not, that white blob at the bottom is their entwined sex organs...

It took all the scientific detachment I could muster to take the photos. There are a couple of others at Flickr (click the photo above to go there).

If you want to learn more, check out the great photos at Leopard Slug Aerial Mating and at Oregon State University-Leopard Slug Courtship (which shows the process step by step). If you're still curious, there's all the nitty gritty of slug biology.



tags: slugs, weird nature, mating

6 comments:

Z├ęzette said...

Have you seen Microcosmos? There's a scene with mating snails... I was a little uncomfortable to find myself finding it... *ahem*... rather erotic.

Muad'Dib said...

Ick I say Ick.

Tim said...

Hey! You stole that photo from Kevin Corazza!

'nee said...

gaffaw.

Great photos :)

Cheryl said...

Zezette: no, I haven't seen it... I really have been meaning to though... perhaps now is the time.

Muad'Dib: yes. icky. horrible things eat all my veggies.

Tim: Ha! Nice one.

'nee: thanks! :)

TYSEN said...

Holy crap! That looks crazy!