|Stiretrus anchorago the Anchor Stink Bug, in copula, with a twist.|
The anchor stink bug is a predatory pentatomid species that is found in Delaware, but looks very little like a stink bug at first glance. While taking care of a lab colony of these bugs this mating pair caught my attention. I was soon amazed to see that the female was upside down, or I suppose she was right side up depending on your perspective. I soon realized the cause of this bizarre mating arrangement:
|um, was it good for you?|
That's right - I'm not sure this was a consensual act, or perhaps accepting this male was the female's last earthly act. Either way, this is the first incidence of insect necrophilia that I have ever witnessed. I suppose that wont do much for the male's reproductive success - especially if this is indicative of his mate preferences in the future.