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leaf-footed true bugs MATING & all over my tree!
Hi Bugman,
Thank you for your website! You have helped me identify these leaf-footed true bugs. I didn’t realize there were so many of them until I trimmed a few branches off my tree today and saw just how many flew off the trimmed branches! They are ALL OVER my Chinese Pistache tree here in McKinney, TX. I have never seen these before and all of the sudden they’re having a huge “orgy” in my backyard, so I thought I’d get some great pics for your website. If you play “Where’s the True Bug?” with the last picture, you’ll find at least 7 of them gathered on the tree branch. I hope these will make a great addition to your site! Thanks again!
Diana Thiessen J
September 20, 2007

Hi Diana,
Thank you for sending in your photos of Mating Leaf Footed Bugs. They are in the genus Leptoglossus, probably Leptoglossus phyllopus, the Eastern Leaf Footed Bug. According to BugGuide, by “The straight white or pale yellow bar crossing the back is distinctive to this species. In other Leptoglossus species it may be zig-zagging or broken into dots.”

Exhibitionist Wheel Bugs
Your site taught me so much this evening! I found these bugs on my sunroom screen in central Indiana. I had never seen either a male or female before, so imagine my surprise to catch both in the act. Please excuse my camera’s blur. They have been in the same spot for at least four hours (the exhaustion!! J). Are wheel bug nymphs very tiny (2 or 3 mm)? I saw a pic of one on your site as well. I may have been enthralled with one a few months ago. I must have watched it clean (?) its little antennae for 20 minutes on my fiancé’s lease property in southern Indiana last spring. Thank you for the great information. By the way, I read about both of you. How in the world did two photography instructors working on an art project (too cool) find time to become bug experts??? Blessings,

Hi Carly,
We have posted several photos of Wheel Bugs the past few days, but we can’t resist also posting your documentation of the procreative act. To be honest, we don’t really consider ourselves experts just yet, but we have gotten very good at research.

cool spiders
I found the spider in lunch.jpg in my back yard a few weeks ago then about a week ago I spotted the green spider shown in gspider1.jpg a few leaves over eating a honeybee. My lunch.jpg spider disappeared then I saw his legs hanging out of the mouth of gspider1.jpg. I didn’t have my camera, or it would have been a cool picture. Now there’s two of the green spiders which seem to hunt without a web as seen in gspider3.jpg. Can you identify these spiders for me? Thanks,
Robert in San Diego, CA

Hi Robert,
The pair of green spiders are Green Lynx Spiders. The male is the smaller of the two. You are correct in believing that they hunt without a web. The other spider is one of the orb weaving spiders.

Preying Mantis Threesome
Hi Bugman!
I just stumbled across your fantastic website while searching for pictures of a Mantis Threesome. No, I’m not a pervert! I just found these guys “doing it” at my kitchen window and since I’ve never seen Mantis Lovin’ before, I wanted to see how common it was for two males to be attempting to mate with one female. At one point while taking pictures, I’m quite sure she said, “Will you please get this knuckleheads off me???”. Blessings,
Amy Jordan
Andrews, Texas

Hi Amy,
If you have looked at our site closely, you know that we have received another documentation of Preying Mantis group sex. Thanks for sending us your excellent candid documentation of this not quite rare occurrance.

What is this bug?
Found this one in Ocala, Florida. Learned real fast not to touch this one for it let out one heck of a stink!

Hi Curtis,
These are mating Muskmares, or more correctly, a Muskmare and her stallion. They are Anisomorpha buprestoides, Two-striped Walkingsticks. The smell you mentioned was the least of your worries. These Walkingsticks can shoot a noxious substance from glands in the “neck” region with amazing accuracy. They have hit more than one of our readers in the eye and the irritation and blurry vision may last for hours.

i just found your great and informative site! i am really enjoying it! it reminded me of a photo that i took earlier this summer/spring. i’ve attached 2 photos, Giant Leopard Moths (i think), that are mating. i’m assuming they all have different markings, and what intrigued me so, was the ‘face’ on the back of the head of the one moth. i thought you might like the photos for your collection.
Augusta, Michigan

Hi Donna,
Your mating Giant Leopard Moths are a wonderful addition to our Bug Love pages. Giant Leopard Moths are also called Eyed Tiger Moths.