Female Antenna & Feet
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)|
|Family:||Soldier Beetle (Cantharidae)|
|Species:||Soldier Beetle (Chauliognathus sp ES1)|
|This Photo:||Mating, ventral|
EXTRA - Photo Specific Information:
Now you may wander why so many photo's are taken of insects copulating.
It's because of 2 main reasons
1. The subjects stay still for longer and allow you to approach more closely = better photo
2. It allows us to see differences in gender (both size and markings)
Here we are able to deduce the female is larger. Also, the male has a small black dot on it's shield while the female has a large black round patch.
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
Possibly granulatus. Notice all of these Chauliognathus sp have hairs growing out of the elytra.