Female Hanging Thief Ovipositing  (two photos)
Diogmites angustipennis

female hanging thief laying eggs
I have to say this is one of the very best things
I've experienced since becoming an insect photographer.
I watched this hunched-over, female robber for about
1/2 hour as she dove to the sand, over and over in
different areas. I tried to sneak up on her to take a
photo but she would take off soon after landing. I was
about to give up because she hadn't come back, but then
decided to search for her a little
ways further off.
© Carol Davis 8-9-2021, Antelope Island

Diogmigtes angustipennis ovipositing on Antelope Island
I had just walked to another area when she dove into a spot
between some bushes and stayed there. I slowly walked up and
peered over a bush, which was on an incline, and saw her
ovipositing. I was so excited I couldn't hold the camera still
and I kept sliding back down the hill in the deep sand.  It
was interesting to watch her use her feet and wings to

dig deeper into the soft white sand.  I could just barely see
the bush and, unlike her, was having no trouble sinking
deeper into the sand. I lasted
only about 5 minutes, then left her
 in peace - she left shortly
after. What an amazing thing to see; 
a once in a lifetime experience. 
©  Carol Davis 8-9-2021
 (on Antelope Island, Davis County, UT) And to top it all off,
my white balance had moved off "auto" on my camera so the
 photos had a blue cast which I had to fix in Paint Shop Pro. Crazy.

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