The Australian jewel beetle (Julodimorpha bakewelli) is a large golden-colored beetle species that is found all over South Australia in arid and semi-arid areas. Like most insects, the jewel beetle’s only purpose in life is to breed. Every year during mating season, the males fly around, searching for the shiny brown backs of the females crawling on the ground. When they find a lady they like, they hop on her back and start humping—except, many times, the mate of their choice turns out to be something else.
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Several Australian jewel beetles trying to mate with a beer bottle. Credit: National Geographic