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Small flies eating a honeybee caught by a Praying Mantis - Desmometopa

Small flies eating a honeybee caught by a Praying Mantis - Desmometopa
Sacramento, Sacramento County, California, USA
September 19, 2015
This Praying Mantis had just caught a honeybee and was trying to eat it when a group of very small flies landed on the Praying Mantis’ head. This group of flies was actually eating food right out of the Praying Mantis’ mouth. I have not seen this behavior before.

I'm guessing these flies might belong to the Milichiidae family(Free-loader flies) and possibly the to the genus Desmometopa

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Nice Shot, Ken
You've captured freeloader flies "freeloading" at a kill made by a Stagmomantis limbata.

 
Freeloader flies
Hi John,

Thanks so much for both ID the freeloader flies as well as the Mantid ID.

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