In this short note I describe the behaviour of a female Anthrax trifasciatus, picking up wood frass with her abdomen, rather than sand or dirt.
Coenosia attenuata can behave like a falconers bird
|Coenosia attenuata (Diptera: Muscidae) - a predatory fly which can behave like both a falconers bird and a retriever.|
Can you imagine using predatory flies in the way the birds of prey are used in falconry? It sounds crazy but in the case of Coenosia attenuata such illusion can be almost perfect. You can place the selected individual fly on your hand and come close to some insect in the air. Your predator flies up and turns back with a captured prey to the same site on your hand. Here the fly sucks the prey's inner content, then throws the rest out and is ready to attack another victim.
Botanical Garden of P. J. Šafárik University in Košice, Slovakia
Female swarms of Phalacrotophora (Phoridae)
Describes the display behaviour of a swarm of Phalacrotophora females (Phoridae).
Fly bubble blowing
One of the longest threads in the forum is the one on bubble blowing behaviour in flies. Between 22 November 2005 and 10 May 2007, there were 61 contributions to this topic. Currently, interest seems to have waned, but my personal interest was aroused again when I saw a bee fly blowing at the tip of its proboscis.
Laboulbeniales on Diptera
A small note about insect-attacking fungi authored by Jan MĂˇca.
Mating behaviour and courtship in Hercostomus germanus
|Mating behaviour and courtship in Hercostomus germanus.|
Observations of behaviour made in a 3-4 day period at the end of July 2009. What you can see virtually in your back garden.
Midges in spiders' web
What are those Nematocera doing in a spiders' web?
How even a dull, cold day can become interesting: Neurigona courtship.
North African Calliphoridae
List of North African Calliphoridae only.
Observations on Medetera jacula (FallĂ©n, 1823)
M. jacula, a painfully common late summer-autumn species?
Jere Kahanpaa (Diptera.info)
Oviposition into the mouth: Rondania dimidiata
Oviposition into the mouth: the case of Rondania dimidiata (Tachinidae) - a literature survey.
by Marek W. Kozlowski
Dept. of Applied Entomology, University of Life Sciences, SGGW, Warsaw, PL
Two unpublished cases of myiasis
Myiasis which is the accidental infestation of wounds and body spaces. It often involves Diptera and is more common than is supposed. Here are two unpublished cases.