Sex with Insects


Earthworms do it in the 69 position. Male bees sacrifice their penises to impregnate the queen. Mantises "give head" – literally.

These are just a few of the weirdly fascinating sex rituals of insects showcased in Isabella Rossellini's Green Porno, a flashy series of short films commissioned by the Sundance Channel. Awash in vivid colors and shot in high-definition, the collection of one-to-two-minute vignettes is aimed at the emerging "fourth-screen" market of video-ready phones and handheld devices.

Making her debut as a director, Rossellini also conceived, wrote, and stars in the environmentally-conscious shorts, which screened at this year's Sundance and Berlin International Film festivals. For fans of her work with David Lynch, the surreal humor of Rossellini-as-housefly mounting her paper cut-out insectoid lover is irresistible.

The entire series of eight films premiered May 5th on Sundancechannel.com and will air on the Sundance Channel in July.

Watch an interview with Isabella Rossellini discussing "Green Porno" here.