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    1 - Orussus female ovipositing. The ovipositor is the thin nearly vertical line below the red abdomen.

    05/14/2010 Port Williams County Park, Sequim, Washington

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    2 - Orussus female ovipositing closeup of slide 1.

    05/14/2010 Port Williams County Park, Sequim, Washington

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    3 - Orussus female ovipositing.

    05/14/2010 Port Williams County Park, Sequim, Washington

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    4 - Orussus female ovipositing.

    05/14/2010 Port Williams County Park, Sequim, Washington

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    5 - Orussus female ovipositing closeup of slide 4.

    05/14/2010 Port Williams County Park, Sequim, Washington

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6 - Orussus female poking around, then inserting her ovipositor into a beach log. The ovipositor is the thin nearly vertical line below the red abdomen.

Usually Orussus dashes back and forth along logs, occasionally taking flight suddenly. This makes photography difficult.
On May 14, 2010, at Port Williams beach in Sequim, WA., I saw two different females standing still on old beach logs.

On inspecting the photos and movies at home, I realized that these two females had been ovipositing. In the photos and video, the characteristic swollen antenna tips of females are visible.