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Wim van Egmond
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flies in love

Post by Wim van Egmond »

Tiny flies on a thistle. Eyes flashing in excitement!

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Post by Ken Ramos »

I've never seen eyes like this on a fly before. Unusual shot Wim. :D

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Post by paul »

A very dynamic composition, and amazing colours, especially the eyes. Great detail.
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Post by salden »

Those are some pretty eyes, that is for sure. Nice capture and fantastic details.
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Post by beetleman »

I just love the whole......everything :shock: They look like they have love in their eyes :smt049
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Post by Charles Krebs »

Hi Wim... any idea on an ID for these flies?
I also find them on thistles here in Washington and would really like to get an ID for them. I would like to learn a little more about them. (Posted a microscope shot here a couple weeks ago).

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Post by Jody Melanson »

Nice shot. These guys are False Peacock Flies. :)
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Post by rjlittlefield »

Or possibly Strauzia (Diptera:Tephritidae), http://bugguide.net/node/view/36887.

Same family, different genus, assuming that False Peacock Flies means Chaetorellia succinea, as Google suggests.

Charlie, have you checked with U.Washington to see if there's an entomologist there with local knowledge?

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Post by Wim van Egmond »

That looks like a relative Charles! Perhaps the american cousins of my fly:)Great picture.

I think the species I photographed could be a different species than Strauzia longipennis. The male does not have these thick bristles on the head and the female has a more pronounced elongated abdomen. (see below) But that could also be because she is about to mate. But any suggestion on the species is welcome!

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