How bed bugs reproduce (video!!)
(You might not want to watch this video before you go to sleep, or bed)
I would have liked better music to go with the ambiance in this video. Just kidding, this is a little hard to watch but a lot of you ask about how bed bugs reproduce or mate. If you’ve done your internet research you already know it is through a process called traumatic insemination. Even though the female does have reproductive lady parts, they will never be used, and you won’t find any sympathy coming from this direction.
If you’ve done your internet research you already know it is through a process called traumatic insemination. Even though females do have reproductive lady parts, they will never be used, and you won’t find any sympathy coming from this direction.
Also, female bedbugs do not necessarily benefit from the mating process, saying that “traumatic insemination is probably a coercive male copulatory strategy that results in a sexual conflict of interests.”
In another impressive display of biological evolution, the male will pierce the females with his weird pointy penis on her back or side to enter her body cavity and inseminate her. Researchers have observed that males prefer to inseminate females who have recently fed and believe this is because their outer membrane is stretched and thinner making it easier to puncture through. You can learn more about the bed bug life cycle here.
This video from National Geographic gives you an intimate window into bed bugs reproductive lives. You will also see bed bugs in all their various stages from newly fed nymph to adult.
Kind of makes your worst date ever seem a little less awful, maybe. NOTE: This video does not seem to have sound so no need to adjust your sound.