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Diadasia rinconis mating pair

Researchers at the University of Arizona filmed mating pairs of Diadasia rinconis with high-speed, high-definition cameras in the course of a study in 2016 and 2017, allowing observation and analysis of the bees’ mating behavior in a level of detail never previously achieved. They noted consistent patterns in the sequence of pulsing sounds and movements such as antenna raising, wing flicking, leg stroking, and rocking side to side. (Video credit: Bruce Taubert. Video originally published supplementary to Russell et al 2018, Journal of Insect Science.)

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