Bug’s Penis is as Loud as a Subway Car


When a male lesser water boatman performs his mating call, he rubs his penis against his abdomen and makes a sound that is an astonishing 99.2 decibels. For reference, that is about as loud as a passing subway car. This deafening penis makes the bug the loudest animal in the world for its size. Although most of the sound is lost as it travels through the water (it’s an aquatic bug), researcher James Windmill says, “a person walking along the bank can actually hear these tiny creatures singing from the bottom of the river.” Ah yes, James, “singing.”