Once upon a time, Sir Husband wanted to please his wife, so he brings her two bugs mating. Such love.
These were no ordinary bugs. These were True Bugs. What are True Bugs? So glad you asked.
- Hemiptera – Half of the first pair of wings are harden, while the rest are membranous.
- Modified sucking and piercing jointed mouths.
- They suck plant juice or bug juice.
- Most fly, but some are aquatic
This lovely pair are Wheel Bugs.
The small one on the top is the male. They are called Wheel Bugs because of the spiny ridge on the thorax. This is the only insect species in the U.S. that has this crest.
They were like this for several days. We couldn’t figure out why they were mating for so long. I couldn’t find any information on how long they actually mate. After searching for a while, I found out that they are not mating. They are courting.
One day at 7:00am, I spotted them, uh…no longer courting. They were actually mating. Yes, I took photos. There is no privacy in this house for bugs. Sorry.
The male must shift to the side to mate with his lady. Your children may want to leave the room for this next photo.
Told you there was no privacy in this house for bugs. At 10:00am, they were still mating. I have no idea how long it took, because I had to leave the house. The next morning, they were at it again and it lasted at least three hours.
After that, the lady no longer wanted anything to do with the male. They separated. I watched for another day or two, to see if she would kill the male. All the information I found said she would. One day I found she had pinned down the male. She never did impale him, though.
After another day, I felt sorry for the poor male and threw in a moth. The two Wheel Bugs immediately separated. It took a little while, but the female got the moth. The male is safe…for now.
The male never got any food. Poor thing.
If this female was left outside, she would lay 40 to 200 little eggs, that would hatch next spring.
Wheel Bugs are useful for gardens since they are assassin bugs that kill other pests. If they are provoked, they will bite and their bite is worse than a bee sting.
These two love bugs *snicker*, will be given to one of my Biology students as a prize. The student can pin them to their insect board for a classification project.