Hi, my name is Brigette and I love your site. I’ve been interested in insects since I was a little kid, and am currently an undergrad studying entomology at McGill University. I love to photograph insects and thought you might enjoy some additions to your ‘bug love’ section. These were taken in my backyard in upstate NY.
|Crane Flies||Flower Flies|
I have included some japanese beetles, craneflies, horseflies, and ambush bugs (my favorites!). I even have some eggs as a result of the ambush bug matings, I kept several during the fall months. When introduced the males waste no time at all getting busy!
|Japanese Beetles||Ambush Bugs|
Wow!!! Thanks for sending us all your wonderful Bug Love images. They are most excellent.
Wondering if those really ARE mating Horseflies….
Lisa and Daniel: HAPPY NEW YEAR, and thanks for your site, it’s great. The “mating bugs” quartet has two happy Dipterans that are identified as “Horseflies,” but I wonder if they really are. For some reason they strike me more as Hoverflies or something else. The sender, being a budding entomologist, has great credibility, but somehow my mental antennae are quivering…so I’ll watch the site and see if there’s re-thinking on this one. regards from non-wintery Wisconsin,
We tried finding a species match under Horse Fly on BugGuide to no avail. We believe the eyes indicate Horse Flies. We will check with Eric Eaton. Eric made the following correction: “The mating horse flies are actually Flower Flies in the family Syrphidae, probably in the Erastilini tribe.”