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Dobsonfly (Corydalus sp.) & Fly - Buenaventura Reserve, Ecuador

 

This photo is a result of an unexpected surprise as I photographed this dobsonfly near the field house in the hills around Buenaventura Reserve. I was experimenting with a few different options to achieve a result I liked. I was taking this shot when this small fly flew into the frame and happened line up perfectly between the mandibles of the dobsonfly. The mandibles of the dobsonfly may look intimidating but are primarily used to grasp the female during mating and in competitions with other males, despite their fearsome appearance they are not easy to use defensively or aggressively. The adult dobsonflies do not live very long and may not even eat, however their larvae are predatory and can be found in aquatic environments.

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Taken on January 6, 2016