Courtship never sounded so sweet — at least in the insect kingdom. It appears that a tiny bug known as the singing penis (also, water boatman, or Micronecta scholtzi) — is the loudest creature on Earth, relative to its body size and the way in which it uses its penis.
BBC Nature News reports that French and Scottish scientists have determined that the male variety of the 2mm freshwater insect “sings” so loud — at almost 100 decibels — it’s like sitting in the front row of a concert hall while a loud orchestra plays.
Here’s where the penis comes into play: the male bug attempts to beguile a prospective mate by rubbing its penis against its abdomen — something called “stridulation,” which insects do all the time when they rub body parts together to produce sounds.
by The Punjapit Alliance