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As soon as the female lands close to the nests' entrance, she touches the male's antennae, so that he leaves the nest, mounts her and copulates. The male then slides over the female's body and enters the nest behind her.
A recent piece in which the artist copulates with a collector has occasioned all manner of hand-wringing among her apologists, many of whom undoubtedly feel she's gone and spoiled everything with her "tacky" stunt.
Jane Herschel's Erda is present throughout the drama and in the closing moments copulates with Wotan to produce new offspring for the next installment of the cycle - Walkure.