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Bee Assassin (mating)

Apiomerus californicus


These Bee Assassins were mating. The female was eating a bee quite contently. They are black with red eyes, edging of the wings and markings on the legs.


Buckwheat in chaparral


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Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 4 years ago

wow, that is terrific. Thanks for sharing this amazing spotting! love all your photos keep em coming!

Yes. Many type of insects do this. Either the male catches prey and presents it to the female as a mating gift or the male takes the opportunity to mate when the female is busy eating.

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 4 years ago

wait a sec. they're mating & eating at the same time????????????

Escondido, California, USA

Lat: 33.19, Long: -117.06

Spotted on May 5, 2014
Submitted on May 6, 2014

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