Mating Green Darners originally published July 25, 2007.
We really love this image, the type of image that inspired us to create the Bug Love tag long ago.


Hi! A friend of mine posted a link to this site in his blog and I fell in love with it instantly. I have some pictures of dragonflies I thought you might like, but I don’t know what kind they are. The one on my hand I found outside my front door, dead. =C The ones in the water I patiently followed around in the John Martin Reservoir until I could get close enough to capture their mating, and the one in the grass was one of hundreds that were flying around the city park. All the pics were taken in South Eastern Colorado. Thanks for your awsome site!

Dear Mysterious Photographer of Dragonflies
We really love your image of Mating Green Darners,
Anax junius. We have written several times about this mating position and the male’s anal claspers. What is really great is that you have captured the female depositing eggs.


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Subject: Emperor Dragonfly
Location: Bristol, UK
July 25, 2017 9:14 am
Hi Bugman!
I thought you might like for your site this picture of a female Emperor Dragonfly Anax imperator laying eggs. The pond is a new one just created at my local wildlife park.
Signature: Zoovolunteer

Emperor Dragonfly Oviposits

Dear Zoovolunteer,
We love your image of an ovipositing Emperor Dragonfly.  Our related Green Darner,
Anax junius, is also a magnificent Dragonfly.  We recently shot an image of an ovipositing Flame Darner, and her technique was quite different, dipping the tip of her abdomen beneath the surface while hovering.

Subject: Identify insect
Location: Front Royal, Virginia
July 25, 2017 5:33 pm
Respectfully request an identification of this insect.
Thank you in advance!
Signature: Jean

Hanging Thief

Dear Jean,
This Robber Fly is known as a Hanging Thief because it dangles from one leg while eating prey captured on the wing.

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Subject: Wasp
Location: Cherry Hill NJ
July 24, 2017 3:39 pm
I believe this is a paper wasp, but I could also be wrong. I do not know what is in her mouth though. So my question is, what is that? It’s cool regardless, but is it food, or larva maybe?
Signature: Jamie

Paper Wasp with Prey

Dear Jamie,
This is indeed a Paper Wasp in the genus
Polistes.  Paper Wasps are solitary wasps and workers set out from the nest to forage for food for the larvae.  Paper Wasps frequently prey upon Caterpillars that they skin in the field, then roll the meat into a ball to more easily transport the food back to the nest.

Subject: Identify
Location: Memphis TN
July 24, 2017 8:57 pm
These were in my friends house and we don’t know what they are. Ranged in size from an ant to a large housefly.
Signature: Kim Hicks

Chalcidid Wasps

Dear Kim,
These look like parasitoid Chalcid Wasps to us, but upon researching that possibility, we learned on BugGuide that:  “The terms ‘chalcid’ and ‘chalcid wasp’ typically refer to the whole superfamily Chalcidoidea, so it is best to use ‘chalcidid’ when specifically referring to this family.”  Following that advice, we believe this is a Chalcidid Wasp.  According to BugGuide:  “hosts: mostly Lepidoptera and Diptera, though a few attack Hymenoptera, Coleoptera or Neuroptera(1). Parasites of Lepidoptera usually attack young pupae, while those of Diptera attack mature larvae.

Chalcidid Wasp

Subject: Could you identify this bug?
Location: Bosnia and Hercegowina
July 25, 2017 12:49 am
Hi, I would like to know what bug is this that I found next to my bed. I’ll attach some photos bellow.
I live in Bosnia and Hercegovina, southeastern Europe.
Can you identify it?
Signature: Tomislav Sopta


Dear Tomislav,
This is some species of Cockroach.