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

Hi again Darren,
We do find there to be something a bit lewd about this image of mating Leopard Slugs. Interestingly, as these Leopard Slugs are hermaphrodites, they are theoretically indulging in “Same Sex” Coupling.

Golden Orb Spiders
Your website has been invaluable to me this past year as my 6-year-old daughter and I have been learning to identify the bugs we’ve come across. We saw this beautiful pair of spiders last week and I thought the photo came out great. When you enlarge it, the detail (hairy legs, etc) is wonderful. I believe it is a pair of Golden Orb Spiders. Thank you for the wonderful work you do!

Hi Dana,
Your amazing image shows the marked sexual dimorphism exhibited by Argiope aurantia, the Golden Orb Weaver. The much larger female dwarfs her mate who shares her web as he avoids being eaten until the opportunity arrises to consumate the mating act.

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Bug man,
You have helped me on many a quandry as to what I have discovered on porch screens late at night at my home. Recently I believe I’ve found a bug that does not regularly end up in Northeast Missouri. They looked like mating Palo Verde Root Borers and were they ever big! I think the only reason I was able to find them was that they had stopped to get friendly in a lighted window. Sincerely,
Jessica Martin

Hi Jessica,
These look to us like mating Brown Prionids, Orthosoma brunneum. There are photos on BugGuide to match, and they are found in Missouri.

Can you identify that bug?
In my house, we have a bug problem! We can find lots of the bugs I’m sending you, we had found two sources but they disapeared just a few days! They come from very black thin worms and larvae open to make them live. The source need water! Please help me! Amicalement,

Hi Cinci,
These are Bathroom Flies, Clogmia albipunctata, and one image shows a mating pair. They are often found indoors in bathrooms and the larva live in sludge in the pipes and drains.

I found these moths on my house. It scare the hell out of me at first because from a distance it looked like a leaf, but when I got close I saw what it was. Can you tell me what kind they are? We live in Norwalk, Ohio, about 20 minutes from Lake Erie.

Hi Jonathan,
Your moths are mating Blinded Sphinxes, Paonias excaecata.

Follow-up on Zebra Longwing caterpillar
I just love your site! 🙂 Thanks again for letting me know that I had Zebra Longwing caterpillars on a passion vine. I had followed them through the stages and have attached additional pictures of the cacoon and adults on a cacoon.

Lastly. I have now found a SECOND different caterpillar on the same passion vine. It has the same spikes as the Zebra Longwing but it is differently colored. Do you know what this caterpillar is? Thanks.
Miami, FL

Wow Bill,
That is one impressive looking Chrysalis. We have never seen the Chrysalis or Pupa of a Zebra Longwing. It is very ornate. It appears that the Zebra Longwing adults are mating, and we suspect the caterpillar might be the coloration of an earlier instar. Caterpillars molt four times, once after each of the five instars or growth phase. On many species, each instar is a different color with different markings. After the fifth molt is the Chrysalis stage. Your metamorphosis series is a fabulous addition to our site.