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Empis tessellata | by Bárbol
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Empis tessellata

These flies have a curious and complex mating ritual. The male look for a prey (in this case a fly on the genus Melieria) and try to attract the female dancing in the air, when the female accept the courtship the male offer the prey to the female, so, it can mate with the female without risk of be eated by the female.


Peñaflor, Zaragoza, Spain

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Uploaded on November 15, 2008