At last! The first of our winners!

This malacological limerick didn’t follow the “should be an arthropod” rule, but hey, this contest is all about being naughty and transgressive. So screw the rules!

Honorable Mention: Best Non-Arthropod Limerick

Robin Rosetta

Banana Bob was a slug without malice
who fell deeply for slimey young Alice.
Though all foot, and no arms,
he was not without charms.
Won her with his dolichophallus.

I just couldn’t resist the use of the technical term “dolichophallus”.  That translates to “long penis.”

It is also the species name of the Slender Banana Slug (Ariolimax dolichophallus), and you can read more about their rather rough trade sex life here.  That page will explain:

a. You can make a slug have an erection with a sluggy version of viagra
b. If a slug’s penis is chewed off, it doesn’t grow back.  This is important to know, especially for the slug.

So hoist a tankard to our first winner!

I’ll email you an official certificate later this month, Ms. Rosetta.

Posted by Gwen Pearson

Writer. Nerd. Insect Evangelist. Have you heard the good news? BUGS!


  1. Clever enough, but too bad this verse neglects the hermaphroditic nature of slugs in favor of the human stereotype of male as initiator, woman as receptor of sex.

  2. I’m not a professional scientician or anything, but I’m pretty sure item b. above isn’t unique to slugs.

    I’ve never had my own penis chewed off and I’m not keen to try so I’m not speaking from experience here.

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