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Aussie Giants Laying Eggs
Hi Guys,
Well its spring in Australia from today and snapped these Australian Giant Dragonflys depositing eggs. Hope you like it. Taken on my property on the Gold Coast, Queensland. 1st September 2007. regards,
Trevor Jinks

Hi again Trevor,
Thanks for sending your photo of mating Dragonflies our way. We expect the amount of email we receive from Australia should be increasing now that spring is near.

Correction: Sat, Feb 21, 2009 at 1:18 AM
Good morning,
If I may, it is probably the Australian Emperor (Hemianax papuensis).
I hope this helps,
Renaud, Switzerland

posted (09/01/2007) Male damselfly drowning female
I came across your website tonight, and thought you’d be interested in the attached sequence of photos I took this afternoon:

A male holding a female underwater until it drowned. Interesting alternative to dragonfly cannibalism.
Ken Carlson
Sanborn, Iowa

Hi Ken,
Your photo sequence is quite dramatic. In the insect and spider world, there is a documented phenomenon where the mating activity ends with the death of one of the participants. That phenomenon often ends with a cannibalized male, as in Black Widow Spiders and Preying Mantids. The unfortunate incident in your documentation is, we hope, accidental insecticide due to poor technique. Thanks for sending these images our way.

Update: Sat, Feb 21, 2009 at 1:57 AM
If I may, these scenes show nothing to worry about.  Actualy it is the female that command the pair, the male stay attached to her to guard the mating pair against dangers and to make sure no other male would mate with the female. Female laying eggs under water is a common treat on many damselflies species, with or without the male, in some species the female can stay up to an hour under water, taking air that is ‘attached’ to the body, thanks to tinny hair on it, that what gives that nice silver glow visible in the last of the picture.
I hope this helps,
Renaud, Switzerland

Some Bug Love
Well Hello!
I found these two lovers hanging out by my front door… thought you might enjoy. … Thanks and Enjoy!
Tampa, FL

Hi Dacia,
Your mating Gulf Fritillary image is wonderful. The moth identification will take us some research.

A bug love submission
I found these Cerisy’s Sphinxes(?) mating outside my door one day. They are absolutely beautiful.
Angel Dey of Genoa, NV

Hi Angel,
Cerisy’s Sphinxes, Smerinthus cerisyi, are also commonly called One Eyed Sphinxes.

photograph of assassin bugs mating; showing male’s sexual organ (?)
I am new to your really fun and interesting-while-informative site. I enjoy photography and was outside three days ago taking pictures of the sunflowers in my front yard here in Phoenix, Arizona. There were two bugs mating (assassin bugs per a 6/16/2006 post on your site that I just noticed last night). It seems as though you can actually see the male’s sexual organ, as the pair were in an almost belly-to-belly position, with one of them actually hanging off the flower (would this be the male?) while the other bug is perched on top. I appreciate the time and effort you spend on your site. I know I have a greater respect and enjoyment of bugs because of it. Thank you.
Jo Ann
P.S. I was just wondering if you would be interested in seeing the picture. I didn’t want to just send in a picture that may be too graphic for your site, so I am first writing to ask if it is okay.

Hi Jo Ann,
My, what an impressive image of mating Yellow Bellied Bee Assassins, Apiomerus flaviventris. All of the submissions on BugGuide are also from Arizona. We believe the lower insect in your photo is the male. For the record, we are of the opinion that acts of nature are not too graphic for our website. We do not care, however, to exactly define what an act of nature is. We are also mindful of the parameters of our website’s content, and despite the iguana and lizard page, we confine ourselves to invertebrates, with the exception of collateral inclusion of various quadripeds and bipeds, birds and fish that are seen in relationship to our typical subject matter. Thanks again for an awesome addition to our site, and a new species as well.

Viceroy vs Monarch & buglove with two cabbage butterflies
I always enjoy checking your site for the newest listings. Attached are two photos that you might want in the files. The first is a stitched pair – on the left is a Viceroy and on the right is a Monarch. Having them side by side makes comparing the two much easier. The second photo is of a pair of cabbage butterflies mating. Perhaps it could be added to the bug love page. Enjoy,

Hi Tetrazole,
The Viceroy and Monarch comparison is a much welcomed addition to our site as is the image of the mating Cabbage White Butterflies. Readers should take note of the black postmedian band on the lower wing of the Viceroy which is the most obvious distinguising feature for ensuring proper identification of the species.