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Sat down to wait for Mickey to chase squirrels and found these two beetles mating this morning.
I put a plastic jar over them and ran for my camera.
They were still mating. I had enough time to take this one shot before the male began withdrawal.

The female then left a drop of yellow on an oak leaf.
Beetles, I believe, deposit eggs in the ground so I don’t think it was an egg, but perhaps excess fluid from the male.

An interesting mini-episode.

Bayou George, FL
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Author, poet, freelance writer, rescuer of dogs and cats,
animal welfare advocate, hookbill owner, occasional wildlife rehabilitator, chaser of bugs who just loves photography.

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  • Enivea
    Eniveaover 4 years ago

    Aren’t beetles fascinating! Love your story on these. Great shot.

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimageover 4 years ago

    All Around Florida Group

  • walela
    walelaover 4 years ago

    Well now. Very nice shot!

  • eithnemythen
    eithnemythenover 4 years ago

    Super shot, they are a lovely colour May..

  • Vanessa Barklay
    Vanessa Barklayalmost 4 years ago

    CONGRATULATIONS! See all the FEATURES at Bug Hunt!

  • Dorothy Thomson
    Dorothy Thomsonalmost 4 years ago

    Wonderful……..many congratulations on your feature :-)

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELalmost 4 years ago

    CONGRATULATIONS on your wonderful feature, amazing work and well earned.

  • Michelle Munday
    Michelle Mundayalmost 4 years ago


  • Navigator
    Navigatorover 3 years ago

    This is a great shot, and these are really beautiful beetles. At first I thought they were Scarabs, the colors are so bright. Very nice capture

  • alienfunk
    alienfunkover 3 years ago

    Hi May love your capture, would you consider adding it to BEETLEMANIA, we’d love to see your Beetle images.

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