• Question: Do milipedes have sex???? and How??

    Asked by 783bmay33 to Peter, Jonathan, Grace, Doris, David, Ann on 6 Jun 2019. This question was also asked by 676bm1925.
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      Grace Kago answered on 6 Jun 2019: last edited 6 Jun 2019 5:43 am

      According to a source “Males and females usually have to mate to produce offspring, with males usually depositing sperm directly into the reproductive organs of the female. There may or may not be any courtship behaviour. Bristly millipede males must first spin a web on which they deposit their sperm. The female then approaches the web and puts the sperm into her own reproductive organs. In some pill millipedes a male attracts a female to mate with squeaking noises made by rubbing the bases of his legs against his body. He then grasps the females body with his legs. A sperm packet is released behind his head and passed back from one pair of legs to the next, until it reaches the reproductive organs of the female. In other pill millipedes the male covers the sperm packet in dirt before passing it back with his legs to his mates reproductive organs.”

      Source: https://animalcorner.co.uk/animals/millipedes/