White and pale gray fly with black at wing tips - Trupanea bisetosa
Santa Cruz, Santa Fe County, New Mexico, USA
July 8, 2012
Size: 3-4 mm?
These were on my friend's sunflowers, some on the leaves, often crawling fast or flying, others resting at the center of a bud like this one. I have no clue even on the family.
Drastically sharpened, like the next picture, in the hope of a glimpse of a wing vein.
My friend and I, looking at the pattern on the left wing in a smaller image on the camera screen, wondered whether it was another insect. Could it possibly trick predators into attacking the "insect" on the wing and sparing the body?
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