I have never seen these guys before!
Found this mating pair in our backyard. They were hiding on the side of our tree against our privacy fence. I saw the wings sticking out from the side and thought it was a bird building a low nest (weird), so I went to check it out. This is about 5 ft from our bird feeder too! Do birds not eat these guys? We are in West Michigan btw.
I couldn't get the greatest angle for the photos. They were between the tree and fence and the fence is only about 1ft behind them. I also didn't want to get too close and disturb them. Although, I did put my hand next to them quick to get an idea of size - they are about 5-6" across the wings!
- Do they lay the eggs in the same tree they mate in or does the female fly off to find another spot?
- Does the male die immediately after mating?
- Does the female die immediately after laying eggs?
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