Ebony Jewelwing Love
One for the dragonfly page or the “Love Bug” page. I believe the one with the white spot on the wings is the female>

Hi Nadjia,
Since you have sent us over a dozen images, we are trying to choose the most interesting ones or the images representing species lacking on our site. We love this Damselfly image of Mating Ebony Jewelwings. You are correct, the female is in the rear, her head secured by the males anal claspers.

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Green Darner Pair
Another photo for the “Love Bugs” page. It took me almost an hour to capture these two green darners coupled together and laying eggs on camera. They flit around quite a bit.

Hi Nadjia
Not all Dragonflies remain coupled while laying eggs. We are happy to have your image that nicely illustrates this mating technique. In this way, the male is ensured that the female doesn’t successfully mate with another male and the first male’s genes get passed on to the next generation.

7-spot ladybird beetle
One of our native ladybird beetles, which we are seeing less and less with the increased proliferation of the asian multicoloured ladybeetles.

Hi again Nadjia,
Thank you for your contribution and the poignant reminder that invasive species are crowding out native species.

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Is this a good bug or bad bug?
Dear Bugman,
We have Praying Mantis’ in our yard here in Rocklin (Sacramento) CA. Shortly after seeing they are getting ready for the winter we see this Cocoon or Crysalis (which is it?). Are these the eggs for the good bug, Praying Mantis, or do I need to get rid of these if they’re a bad bug? Or, thirdly, are these good eggs for some other bug? Thanks for the insight and help as we decide to keep or eliminate this addition to the house this winter!
Larry in Rocklin CA.

Hi Larry,
We love your mating Mantis photo. The result of the coupling is the subject of your second photo, a Preying Mantis Egg Case. The female spews out a frothy substance with her eggs that hardens to protect them from inclement weather. Come spring, you will have 100’s of baby Mantids emerging to rid your garden of unwanted, and occasionally beneficial, insects.

Mating butterflies – Tampa
First, I’d like to say I’m SO jealous of the people who can get pictures of the mating Cecropia Moth! I believe this is a Monarch, but I really couldn’t tell you for sure. I just got some rather keen pictures and thought I’d share them! I live in Tampa, FL. First set from a few months ago: Mating butterflies, one more comes over to check it out…

Then a couple MORE come over! The next set is clearer, and was taken today: Thanks for the website! Very interesting!
Jen in Tampa

Hi Jen,
These are not Monarchs. They are Gulf Fritillaries. We just love the curiosity.

Thanks so much! It’s the passion flower plant I have that makes them crazy, isn’t it? 😮 I have one grown wild out back and ever since I planted it I’ve seen them around. I’m catching catterpillars(sp) out there too.

Hi again Jen,
Passion Flower is the food plant, so those are Gulf Fritillary Caterpillars you are collecting.

What seem to be larvae
Thought these were neat looking and wondered if you knew what they might be. Seen a few of them around our doorstep

Hi Jenna,
This is the larva of a type of Ladybird Beetle known as the Mealybug Destroyer, Cryptolaemus montrouzieri. According to BugGuide, it was “Imported to the US from Australia in 1891 to control citrus mealybugs in California. Widely used for control of citrus and long-tailed mealybugs, soft scales and related pests. Will not survive cold winters, so it is mostly used in greenhouses or mild-winter areas, or has to be introduced annually.”