Sunday, September 7, 2008

Leaf Beetles Mating

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Anybody interested in learning the mating process of leaf beetles can watch these sequence of images. Observe the small appendage coming out of the abdomen of the smaller beetle on the top and the same being inserted into the larger ones abdomen.


Ted said...

Those are some crazy spines - it's a good thing they have such hard exoskeletons, mating could be tricky otherwise ;-)

Congratulations on your new blog.

Beetles in the Bush

deadmanswill said...

hi Ted,

Thanks for your comment.

Yeah, I heard one community member of a forum (one who identified this insect) say he did not see such elaborate ornamentation on a leaf beetle.