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Mating black blister beetles
Great website you have there – here’s a contribution to your bug love page: these lovely insects swarmed a bush in my back yard in New Maryland, N.B. and proceeded to gorge on the blossoms and have a huge orgy at the same time. The proceedings went on for about 24 hours, after which all the blossoms were gone and everyone went away satisfied! Good thing I didn’t handle any of them as I did not know what they were at the time! Kathy Power

Hi Kathy,
Your wonderful photograph depicts Blister Beetles in the genus Lytta, as evidenced by the bead-like antennae, but we are not certain of the species. Perhaps Eric Eaton can provide the exact species.

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.

Unidentified borers mating: Hot hot clear tube phallus action!
Hello! Your site is a magnificent, entertaining resource. I spent hours poring through it’s offerings. Try as I might, though, I could not locate a matching picture of my beetles. The female is about an inch and a quarter long, or 3 1/2 cm. They generally resemble the borers and longhorns, but I can’t find a lookalike for the markings either on your site or the internet at large. These were collected in Barton Flats, near Big Bear Lake in California. They were clinging to a kitchen windowscreen at night. The altitude was about 7000 feet, and the cabin was set amongst Ponderosa Pines and Cedar. I nabbed the suspects in a jar and brought them home. The next day, I was amused to see that they were gettin’ busy. Life goes on. Note the long, squiggly, clear tube extending from the male’s butt to the female’s. They mated for about half an hour from when I first noticed, and then the male withdrew, and they had some cuddling and pillow talk for another half an hour. When my cat accidentally brushed the borers’ container off my desk, the annoyed borers filled the jar with an undescribably unpleasant odor. Ugh! I had to smell it twice, because I couldn’t believe it was so repugnant. I never smelled anything quite like it. Consider yourself fortunate that one cannot yet attach a smell to emails. … Happy Entymologing!
Amy in Camarillo, CA

Hi Amy,
At the moment, we cannot positively identify your mating beetles, but we can narrow down the possibilities. These are Mating Flower Longhorns in the subfamily Lepturinae. BugGuide has many pages of individual specimens to sort through.

Update: From Eric Eaton
Hi, Daniel:
Spot on with all the latest identifications! Great job! I am pretty sure that the mating flower longhorns are Ortholeptura valida, which has no common name…. I have dropped the ball on the fulgorid, but will pick it up again. Eric

Mr. Eaton, you beat me to the ID. Following your hint, I looked again at BugGuide, focusing this time on the Flower Longhorns, and found this picture of Ortholeptura valida. I spotted it earlier today, but hadn’t gotten around to replying til now. I’m not perfectly satisfied with the match on the markings, but there’s no other bug closer. Are they rare? I feel bad taking them away from their home now. I felt ok with it when I thought they were harmful borers. By the way, I’m sorry that you felt the second picture was too explicit for some of your more, ahem, sensitive readers. ; )

What’s that Bug(s)
Bugman, I live in Rochester, NY and was walking through my front yard when this bug(s) flew at me at roughly eye level and then landed on my gutter. Any ideas what I am looking at here? A wasp maybe? Thanks,

Hi Chris,
What an awesome image you have of mating Peach Tree Borers, Synanthedon exitiosa. These are wasp mimic moths whose caterpillars bore into the wood of peach trees, causing considerable damage. This species exhibits marked sexual dimorphism. The female is the larger of the pair with the bright red stripe on her abdomen.

Name these Bugs Please. Ahhh, Bonking and Eating
I was day tripping just north of Lake Erie in Southern Ontario and found these great bugs while picking wild berries. I found your site while trying to identify them. What a great service you are offering. Pat on the back 🙂 I like to imagine what it would be like if bugs were six feet tall! Ahhhh, bonking and eating. Two of life’s finest treasures…so why not do them at the same time. I sent you this photo for identification but thought I’d resubmit it for the Bug Love section of your site which I just found. Location:Southern Ontario just north of Lake Erie in a lovely Conservation Area where I spent the afternoon picking berries. Luckily, the berries were bugless!

Hi Linda,
Thanks for sending us your photo of mating Japanese Beetles. We have had numerous requests for their identification recently.

More buggery
Also, just having ran across the adult side of your web site, here’s some more filthy porn for you.

Hi Darren,
We have a problem with calling your image “filthy porn” since procreation is generally viewed as a redeeming and necessary state of life. You on the other hand might be guilty of voyeurism. At any rate, your image is stunning. We don’t really think of our Bug Love pages as containing adult content, though in the insect and arthropod world, participants are all adults. Please provide us with a location to assist in the identification of your Hemipterans from a previous email.