Saturday, 24 April 2010

Another Weaver-ant Mimic

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Featured here is a stilt-legged fly. This species look remarkably similar to ants, but the photographs don't do the mimicry justice.

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The fly was on a leaf and didn't keep still for a second, and hence was difficult to photograph.

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I however did manage to find focus on its long ovipositor which was retracted beneath its abdomen.

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I`m not sure what the purpose of this mimicry is. If you do, leave a note in the comments.

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1 comment:

  1. Lovely macro shots. If it weren't for the wings, even I would have mistaken it for a weaver ant.

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