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Firefly Mimic - Hoplitimyia constans

Firefly Mimic - Hoplitimyia constans
Fairfield, Wayne County, Illinois, USA
September 10, 2006
Yesterday fortune (or misfortune) smiled on me. I found one of the flies that had just been killed by a crab spider. After intense negotiations the spider chose to donate his prey in the interest of science. Both dorsal and ventral views show selective reflective characteristics.

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Moved
Moved from Hoplitimyia.

Awesome fly! Lived in Illinoi
Awesome fly! Lived in Illinois for 7 years and never caught one...

 
Thanks
I count myself blessed. I had never heard of this adaptation before.

 
This is a cool feature of som
This is a cool feature of some Strats. I have seen some Sargus like species doing this in Madagascar (only the males) and Nemotelus argentatus (only the male) in Europe. There are even some Syrphids (Eumerus) which have such an abdomen, but it is rare and always great to see...

 
Then
I count myself doubly blessed! Thanks for the info - you made my day.

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