I was sitting at the kitchen table when I noticed two large, kind of creepy, insects land on the outside door frame. At first I thought they were dragonflies mating, but when I googled that I found an interesting photograph of the mating habits of dragonflies. The insects on our door frame, although connected through their long tails, were nowhere near as gymnastic as the dragonflies.
At one point the top one arched up.
And then later the bottom one stood up.
I think they might have been trying to disconnect at this point. The top one shifts position.
And then they both fly away, still connected together. They were outside on my door frame for 22 minutes. You’re probably wondering why I don’t have anything better to do than photograph insects mating.
It’s all in the pursuit of scientific knowledge.
Later in the day I was sitting on our front porch and saw this little guy—little in relationship to the world, but large compared to most insects. I’m pretty sure it is a robber fly, as were the two with the romantic interlude I photographed above.
Today’s biology lesson was brought to you by Random Thoughts from Midlife, where no creature is too mundane or insignificant to warrant the expenditure of time in observation.