At last! It’s time to reveal our winner!
This was a late entry, but it rocketed to the top of the list by popular acclaim. It’s so rude it even took ME back a bit.  Enjoy!

There once was a pine tip moth from Nantucket 
whose aedeagus was so long he could suck it
He said with a yalp
as he wiped off his palp
“If my tympanum was a gonopore I could fuck it”

Congrats to Tim, our winner of the Ribald Festivities! I owe you a beer :)

For those of you that don’t recognize the jargon, “aedeagus” is the fancy name for a bug penis, and “gonopore” is…well, a pore where your gonads go.  Loosely defined (very loosely!)


Posted by Gwen Pearson

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


  1. My undergrad research adviser was an entomologist named Tim. I hope this was him. I’d be so proud.

  2. Pretty rude, but more in line with the Limericks with which I am familiar than the ESA pablum.

    Speaking of which, thanks for the blue send-off to the Social Media symposium. Overall, I found it disappointing, but your talk was worth the wait.

  3. You mean the color blue, right? Because I didn’t really work that blue in the talk :)

  4. You’re quite hip for a scientist. Do you wear the purple wig all the time, or just for videos?

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