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Walking Sticks Mating In October - Diapheromera femorata - male - female

Walking Sticks Mating In October - Diapheromera femorata - Male Female
Mineral County, West Virginia, USA
October 4, 2004
I was happy to find these mating. Unlike insects that run away, these are usually slow enough to capture on camera once found. Finding them is the challenge.

Moved
Moved from Diapheromera.

Moved
Moved from Heteronemiidae.

Oops:-)
This poor guy is completely disoriented! He is trying to mate with the female's face! Hahahaha! This would make a great entry for "the Natural Moment" in Natural History magazine:-)

 
Or maybe...
We're observing a nuptial gift behavior. Perhaps he provides a spermatophore as a prelude to mating? Don't other species do something similar?

 
So glad to hear that from an expert!
My daughter is on her way to medical school and she thought he was confused too. I, on the other hand, assumed that there were some mechanics that I didn't understand or some strangely located reproductive organs. Thanks. -- Tim

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