Although I am sure this shot isn’t going to make anyone jealous, it isn’t what it seems…really, it isn’t. 🙂
This is a pair of jagged ambush bugs.Phymata sp. It is fairly common to find a male riding a female’s back but it isn’t for mating purposes. As you can see, the female is much larger than the male. I have read that the male hops on the female to take advantage of her size. She’s more powerful and can easily capture larger prey which the male then tries to move in on for the feast.
Once the prey has been captured, in this case a poor honey bee, the bug inserts its proboscis which injects a dissolving agent. Once dissolved, the juicy mixture is then drawn from the body like a milkshake through a straw.