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Copulating stilt-legged flies

Copulating pair of Taeniaptera trivittata, a type of still-legged fly (Micropezidae). Males (or females, according to one source) apparently brush the eyes of the partner during mating, though this frame didn’t capture that. When flitting around leaves they wave their white-tipped forelegs and look just like small ichneumon wasps. They have thin waists but the pattern on their wings makes them look even thinner, waspier. Known to feed on rotting Typha, which was abundant nearby (John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge, Tinicum, PA).

If you come across a pair, please take a video so I can see the legs in action. I like to watch, and I know of others who are interested in this species.

Colin Purrington Photography: Insects &emdash; Copulating stilt-legged flies (Taeniaptera trivittata)

Huge thanks to John S. Ascher and John F. Carr on Bugguide.net for help identifying them.

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Red milkweed beetles

Mating pairs of red milkweed beetles (Tetraopes tetrophthalmus) are not rare (they can couple for hours at a time), but I thought this couple looked cute, in a worried sort of way. The half-lidded expression is because their compound eyes are bisected by their antennae. Beautiful beetles.

Colin Purrington Photography: Insects &emdash; Red milkweed beetles (Tetraopes tetrophthalmus)

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Copulating robber flies, with snack

Mating robber flies (Promachus princeps, I think) on rabbitbush. Female is holding some type of cerambycid (perhaps Crossidius hirtipes), which she probably caught prior to the male approaching. I don’t think it was a nuptial gift from male (though that was my first thought). Female robber flies have been observed eating males, which are smaller, so waiting for a female with a meal is a good strategy for males who want to love and then live some more. Female robber flies with meals in hand are also less likely to resist mating attempts. Madras, Oregon.

Colin Purrington Photography: Insects &emdash; copulating-robber-flies

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