my barely educated guess would be that it has to do with breeding somehow. but i don’t know for sure.
fisk, do you have info?
considering its a part of the body i doubt its a parasite
im not too keen on insect anatomy, sadly, but i’d be willing to say it’s got something to do with breeding as well— pheromone-related organs, or maybe the penis itself? i dunno. it’s not an ovipositor as far as i can tell. the smaller ones seem to be male claspers, used to hold a female during sex, so… it’s probably a dick. but i can’t be sure, obviously, it’d probably be better to go to someone with more focus on insects than me
it’s a Chionarctia Nivea - that is indeed it’s penis. Little is known about it.
It’s found in Russia, Korea, China i think and Japan
I’m gonna make a moth penis dildo and none of you motherfuckers can stop me
TG: rose you just bit my hand TT: I am a daughter of the night now, my trembling captive. TT: I crave the dark nectar of your veins. TG: yeah but like TG: dont you have to break the skin for that TT: Fhhumf ummph. TG: oh my god stop it TG: youre just chewing me TT: Damn it. TT: Your skin is surprisingly tough. TT: Stay there. TG: this is embarrassing TG: im literally embarrassed to be your darkling bride here TG: all cooped up in your transylvanian bat palace tappin my foot impatiently on the flagstones TG: youre sitting kind of sheepish mumbling some stuff about being stressed at work TG: no we cant try again in half an hour TG: id say you suck at this but we both know thats the problem - holy shit TG: is that a can opener get away from me you lunatic