Country Corner

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When I noticed that this female Dance Fly was carrying a dead Hoverfly while mating, I assumed she had managed to catch it despite being coupled to a male Dance Fly.

That would have been unusual enough, but a bit of research has revealed a much more surprising story behind this scene.

It seems that female Dance Flies will only agree to being mated after the male has presented a ‘gift’ of a dead insect!

Is there no end to the weird facts to be found in insect study ?

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