Here’s one I’ve been sitting on for a while: Insects In Flagrante. This great post from Webphemera showcases some gorgeous insect porn (my favorite!) Check it out for the amazing photography and wacky bugs.

These are migrant hawkers mating. They’re extremely photogenic, as you can see, and can be found all over North Africa and Europe, engaging in this gymnastic activity in stagnant ponds and standing water. Lovely, aren’t they?

At the zoo’s Insect House, I saw a number of assassin bugs like these in this position, trying to make a lot more assassin bugs for their evil army. If I recall correctly, they were the only bugs in the bug house that could have killed me, therefore earning my wary respect. They inject lethal saliva into their prey, but also transmit potentially-fatal Chagas disease.

I’ll stop giving you nightmares now, and end on a happy note: Adorable little Desert forktails, native to Southern California and Arizona. The photo really says it all, so I’ll shut up and get back to reading my book.

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