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A Bug's Kama Sutra: 10 Sex Positions To Try If You're An Insect (PHOTOS)

01/14/2014 08:27 am ET | Updated Jan 25, 2014

Let's talk about bug sex. What do wasps know about the birds and the bees? How do beetles do it with those big shells? And do bugs ever have orgies?

You may not know the answer to these questions, but Alex Wild does. The Illinois-based entomologist is no stranger to the insect world. His beautiful science photography gets up close and personal, catching bugs at the climax of their intimate moments. Just check out some of his most stunning images of insects mating below.

  • Rust Flies Get Randy
    The Wild World Of Insect Sex (Alex Wild)
  • Rust flies (Loxocera cylindrica).
  • Palmetto Tortoise Beetles Make Babies
    The Wild World Of Insect Sex (Alex Wild)
  • Palmetto tortoise beetles (Hemisphaerota cyanea).
  • Plague Soldier Beetles Procreate
    The Wild World Of Insect Sex (Alex Wild)
  • A"mating aggregation" of plague soldier beetles (Chauliognathus lugubris).
  • Cecropia Moths Mess Around
    The Wild World Of Insect Sex (Alex Wild)
  • Moths (Hyalophora cecropia) mating on the female's empty cocoon.
  • Rover Ants Do The Dirty
    The Wild World Of Insect Sex (Alex Wild)
  • Rover ants (Brachymyrmex patagonicus).
  • Leaf-Cutter Ants Host An Orgy
    The Wild World Of Insect Sex (Alex Wild)
  • A "mating ball" of leaf-cutter ants (Acromyrmex versicolor).
  • Phlox Stem Borer Beetles Get It On
    The Wild World Of Insect Sex (Alex Wild)
  • Phlox stem borer beetles (Oberea flavipes).
  • Fireflies Light Each Other's Fire
    The Wild World Of Insect Sex (Alex Wild)
  • Fireflies (Photinus pyralis).
  • Mantids Make Love
    The Wild World Of Insect Sex (Alex Wild)
  • Chinese mantids (Tenodera sinensis). (Contrary to popular belief, the female does not always, or even often, consume the male during mating.)
  • Sand Wasps Seal The Deal
    The Wild World Of Insect Sex (Alex Wild)
  • Philanthus sand wasps mating in California.

For more amazing insect photos, check out Wild's series on ants battling for their lives.

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