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Mimicing a wasp...
Juergen Peters
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...is very widespread among syrphids. But this Temnostoma bombylans I photographed today still went beyond: when I came near, it used its darker forelegs to mimic the (moving) antennae of a wasp! Such behaviour I knew from some jumping spiders (Salticidae), but not from a fly.

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Temnostoma vespiforme can do exactly the same. Very impressive!
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Juergen Peters
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Hello, Paul!

Paul Beuk wrote:
Temnostoma vespiforme can do exactly the same. Very impressive!


Just that one amazed me today! When I wanted to photograph the face of this "wasp" for easier identification, I looked through my camera - into two big dipteran eyes... :-)


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Well, you got my point even before I made it! Grin
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