When Bugs Hug

Continuing the Valentine’s week love, a republish of a lost post. Dateline: February 14, 2014
val-500x400Happy Valentine’s Day 2014.  I’ll start with a disclaimer that not all insects are bugs, but all bugs are insects. For this article I’m lumping arachnids under the bug umbrella too.  Heck, they crawl around, don’t they? Besides, spiders are often the biggest huggers of them all!

In past years for the holiday of love, I’ve posted photos of the mating creatures in my garden.  This year, I’ve decided to go a different route, and share species that are hugging other species.  IPM at its best, it brings on a whole new meaning of love you to death.

So, start humming “Let me put my arms around you Baby” while we take a walk through the garden of love:

Carolina Mantid gives a smooch to a skipper butterfly:mantidskipperjune2012-500x333

Milkweed Assassin Bug (Zelus longipes) offers a big kiss to his diptera friendassassin012412-500x500

This female jumping spider squeezes her grasshopper friendjumpingspidergrasshoppersept2012-500x500

The grasshoppers appear to be a favorite date. This yellow garden spider shows the love too:spiderhopper080311a-500x500

Jagged Ambush Bug (Phymata fasciata) put the moves on a skipper butterflyambushbugskipperjuly2013-500x500

The crab spiders always share the love:crabspiderlimejuly2013a-500x500

This Robberfly loves BBB (Big Beautiful Bugs)

robberfly with Horse Fly (Tabaninae)
robberfly with Horse Fly (Tabaninae)

While some Hanging Thieves love bees to death:hangingthiefrobberflyaugust2012-500x500

Others just show the love to the flowers such as this frogfruit:robberfly060910-500x333

A motherly hug is exhibited by a fishing spider as she protects the children:fishingspiderwithsac082012a-500x500

This spider was unaffected by the “cologne” of a stink bugbugshugspiderstinksept2013-500x500

Peacock butterflies can be so beautiful that the garden spiders just can’t resist:toughspiderpeacockaugust2011-500x333

Sometimes the bee killers live up to their name:robberflybeeoct2013-500x500

yet other times they are happy to just receive flowers:robberfly093013-500x500

So I wish you all a Happy Valentine’s day and keep a happy balanced garden by planting native plants and avoiding pesticides. Hug your favorite.

*This tale was originally published by Loret T. Setters on February 14, 2014 at the defunct national blog beautifulwildlifegarden[dot]com. Click the date to view reader comments.



5 thoughts on “When Bugs Hug”

    1. Thanks Cynthia! I really have learned to better appreciate the circle of life since being able to capture this sort of encounter for the screen where I can zoom in and see it better


      1. I know exactly what you mean. Sometimes I just aim the camera at something that looks interesting, but I don’t really know what I was seeing until I zoom in on the computer screen and can see all the details “up close and personal”. I have learned so much about what’s going on around me by doing that…..

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