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leopard slugs mating

Gwenn Seemel
When a man-woman loves a woman-man (Leopard slug)
2012
acrylic on panel
10 x 10 inches

Painting intricate patterns, like those on the slugs, is not really my preferred thing, much like painting the stripes in this painting. To learn more about the making of When a man-woman loves a woman-man, read this article. Below is the text from the book Crime Against Nature that goes with this image—the book can be read and purchased here.

Sometimes boys and girls are girls and boys.

Leopard slugs are hermaphrodites. Each one reproduces as both a male and a female. When two slugs mate, they accept sperm from one another and then lay eggs.