There's an epidemic happening in Australia. That's right folks, it's a zombie apocalypse. Just kidding, but a bunch of Australian jewel beetles are humping themselves to death on brown beer bottles. Oh you guys don't get down with the Heineken?!
It's a case of mistaken attraction, because the beer bottles happen to possess all of the features that drive male Australian jewel beetles wild. They're big and orangey brown in color, with a slightly dimpled surface near the bottom (designed to prevent the bottle from slipping out of one's grasp) that reflects light in much the same way as female wing covers.
As a result, the beer bottles are irresistible to the male insects, which will die trying to mate with them in the hot Australian sun.
Oh man, I remember the first (and last) time I humped a beer bottle to death. Now I'm a ghost. ...One with his wiener trapped inside a beer bottle (think ship-in-a-bottle, but something your wife would never let you display on the mantle). Some ghosts drag chains, I clank my bottle against things and moan "cheers". I'mma raid your refrigerator tonight.
Hit the jump for one more shot of some seriously unrequited love. But, WARNING: beetle peen bigger than yours.
Beetles Die During Sex With Beer Bottles [discovery]
Thanks to Alexis, who claims she caught a ladybug sexing one of her shirt buttons one time. OMG -- they do that to me all the time!