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Date

July 11, 2009

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valter

Date

May 2, 2010 03:52 PM WEST

Description

Location: Europe > Portugal > Algarve

Date Photo Taken: May 2, 2010

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valter

Date

April 4, 2010 03:21 PM WEST

Description

Location: Europe > Portugal > Algarve

Date Photo Taken: April 4, 2010

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valter

Date

March 27, 2010 11:44 AM WET

Description

Location: Europe > Portugal > Algarve

Date Photo Taken: March 27, 2010

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valter

Date

April 12, 2008 12:07 PM WEST

Description

Location: Europe > Portugal > Algarve

Date Photo Taken: April 12, 2008

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valter

Date

March 13, 2010 10:45 AM WET

Description

Location: Europe > Portugal > Algarve

Date Photo Taken: March 13, 2010

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valter

Date

March 21, 2010 12:03 PM WET

Description

Location: Europe > Portugal > Algarve

Date Photo Taken: March 21, 2010

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marcello

Date

April 3, 2015 08:35 PM CEST

Description

Id from the specimen

Thanks to Ruud van der Weele

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Square

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alderash

Date

April 20, 2014

Description

On the flower of Veronica chamaedrys.
Thanks to Jan Willem (Netherlands) for genus ID.

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alderash

Date

April 20, 2014

Description

On the flowers of Aronia melanocarpa.
Thanks to Theo Zeegers (Netherlands) for ID.

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Square

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alderash

Date

May 3, 2009

Description

Thanks to Theo Zeegers (Netherlands) for ID.

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kueda

Date

March 21, 2015 01:50 PM PDT

Description

Many dance flies present prey as nuptial gifts as a part of their mating rituals, but as Powell and Hogue write in California Insects, "The strangest habits are exhibited by a few species in which males secrete material from the digestive tract which is formed into a frothy, white ball or "balloon". This balloon either entraps a small prey or is substiuted for prety in the courtship gift-giving sequence" (p. 161). This balloon clearly has prey within, perhaps some kind of hemipteran.

Ron and I were pretty flabbergasted as we watched these two engage in mid-air copulation, their aerial control so perfect that I was able to get this picture even though each fly couldn't have been more than 7 mm long.

Jack Owicki has this great BG photo that spawned an even greater discussion: http://bugguide.net/node/view/267952/bgimage.

I suspect this is Empis and not another genus in Empidinae due to the balloon-forming behavior and the long proboscis, but I'd love correction! Habitat was very close to a running creek, vegetation was riparian, some willow, but mostly oaks and maples.

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Description from Wikipedia

Empis is a genus of dance fly, in the fly family Empididae. It contains the following subgenera and species:

No range data available.