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Fly bubble blowing
Don Micro
Posted on 19-08-2015 13:15
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You scoundrel!
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Kim Windmolders
Posted on 30-08-2015 12:43
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I should want to be sure : is that "bubbles", full of gas, or "dropplets" full of liquid ?
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Posted on 31-08-2015 09:11
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Posted on 31-08-2015 09:20
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Thanks a lot Paul.
Pentti Ketola
Posted on 17-11-2015 19:22

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They are even blowing bubbles in Finland!

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Rolf N
Posted on 21-11-2015 18:38

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They do even fly with a bubble!
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13.11.2015 Wilhelmshaven, Germany
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Posted on 26-12-2015 07:38

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If I remember well, there were also some photos of non-dipteran species blowing bubbles in this topic. Because download speed is back to horrendous here, I'm nog going to check if I'm right though. Anyway, a couple of months ago I photographed a large Surinamese katydid (Orthoptera, Tettigoniidae) with a large bubble. My photo series shows that he/she sucked it back up, then made it larger again. This was in the evening after sundown at about 450m altitude. The place (Brownsberg) becomes rather chilly at night, and often misty as well, and I don't think thermoregulation or evaporation are viable explanations in this case. I don't know which explanation would be viable though...
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Posted on 10-05-2016 09:13

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This seems to be an halictic bee manipulating nectar droplets to reduce moisture. While I was taking the pictures, the bee moved continuously her tongue in and out about twenty times before it flew away. This is the first time I have seen a bee doing this drying and ripening process with her tongue. There are several pictures of bees processing nectar with a droplet in her mouth, as if they were simply bubble blowing . But in this case the bee seems to evaporate more water from the droplet by expanding the proboscis to full length and exposing a larger droplet surface to the sun.
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Edited by evernia on 10-05-2016 09:16
Posted on 08-07-2016 22:40

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Another nighttime blower, this time a walking stick (Phasmatodea). Photographed on the Brownsberg in Suriname.
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Posted on 01-10-2020 02:07

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Here in Brazil they blow bubbles in very weird situations (also nighttime)
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09.05.21 16:31
Extensions in uppercase are (and were) accepted for gif, jpg, jpeg and png

09.05.21 16:01
OK, thanks Roger, now if someone would just ID the fly I would be happy.

06.05.21 22:31
FTAO - Gordon; Please make sure that you use lower case, because attachments with extensions in upper case (capitals) are rejected. So sayeth GOD AKA Paul. Cool

06.05.21 21:40
A file called "Fly01a" has an UPPERCASE "F" Gordon. The site takes a dim view of UPPERCASE "'F's"!! awkward

06.05.21 06:50
OK, it has started working now, no idea what was going on.

06.05.21 06:41
I know I have been away a long time - but why can't I load a 63Kb file called Fly01a

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29.03.21 10:55
@PaulBeuk Thanks again mate- very useful! Smile

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11.03.21 18:23
Greetings! Does anyone have: Satchell's 1947 paper: The larvae of the British species of Psychoda (Diptera: Psychodidae)??? Many thanks Smile

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