|Fruit Fly - Euaresta aequalis |
Family Tephritidae - fruit flies, téphrites
Live adult male and female fruit flies photographed at DuPage County, Illinois. Size: 5mm
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|I encountered these flies along the shore of a small lake. They were engaged in a courtship ritual - the male was following the female around like a puppy dog - it was comical the way he stuck right on her tail. But every once in awhile, the female would turn around and the male would hold his wings toward her, in a sort of embrace, I imagined, and they would touch head-to-head. Kissing flies. What will they think of next?|
Flies of North America - Order Diptera. Flies are prevalent in virtually all habitats, with over 16,000 species in North America. Flies can be distinguished from all other insects in that they only have one pair of normal wings. The other pair has evolved into small ball-like structures called halteres, thought to be used as stabilizing organs during flight. Most flies have compound eyes and mouthparts adapted for piercing, lapping or sucking fluids.
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