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.
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On a warm, moist day in Fall, hundreds of worms found love in a nearby field. Here are three of the happy couples:
Two rather large (almost 2″) robber flies mating on rabbitbrush in Madras, Oregon. Male has a longhorn beetle (perhaps Crossidius hirtipes?) as a nuptial gift. I don’t know the species, unfortunately.