This gallery comprises a short sequence of a surprise mating sequence of these wasps in my garden. I was photographing other insects when they suddenly appeared in front of me.
The lighting was initially challenging as they had landed in shade with surrounding bright sunshine on some tall roses. They then slipped off the leaf and hang on by a spiders web thread. They fell to the ground where she then made her way to a nearby clump of geraniums, dragging him all the while and then making her way up to a shrub. The male was being dragged along, I presume still being 'locked' onto the female.
After a short time, the male broke free and they both flew off.
The following day, the female returned briefly to the last shrub that I had seen them on so I grabbed a couple more quick photos of her before she flew off again.
An amazing thing to see and photographically, I found it very challenging due to their colour and contrasting light situations but I think the photos are reasonable.