I could write a book about this beetle family! I shot an entire episode of "The Kids are Gone, Let's Do It!" These beetles were on a thistle plant stem/branch. The mother and father kept trying to get the kids to leave the branch and go out and play so they could have some alone time. I captured the siblings fighting, the parents kicking them off the branch, the parents mating and when all was said and done, the male walked away from the female, to the opposite end of the plant stem, turned around and looked at her, then took off! For her sake, I hope he returns. The photo's are absolutely hysterical and just fantastic!