The tuberous bushcricket has testicles which amount to 14 per cent of its body mass, according to research.
‘We couldn’t believe the size of these organs, they seemed to fill the entire abdomen,’ said Dr Karim Vahed, from the University of Derby.
But the insect’s large package does not mean it produces more sperm – in fact it may produce less. What it does mean, though, is that it can mate again and again without reserves being exhausted.
A envy amongst men?
The previous record was held by a species of fruit fly, whose testes to body weight ratio was recorded as 10.6 per cent.
And that my friend, is more than you needed to know.