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Sphaerocidae? ID flies on spider preys
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Posted on 11-07-2022 08:09

Location: SE part of the Netherlands
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Repeatedly observed in the SE-Netherlands: diptera (possibly Sphaerocidae?) feeding on preys of spiders such as in the attached picture (honey bee Apis mellifera predated by crab spider Misumena vatia). Is it possible to ID the flies at some level? Has this behavior been described somewhere? Do they just feed?

I post the picture with consent of the author P. van Breugel

Thanks in advance for your help.

Best regards,
Annemiek van Dijk
Annemiek attached the following image:

Edited by Annemiek on 11-07-2022 08:14
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Posted on 11-07-2022 08:27

Location: Franconia, Germany
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Hi Annemiek, I think, these are Milichiidae, possibly Desmometopa.
Greetings, Eric
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Posted on 11-07-2022 09:02

Location: SE part of the Netherlands
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Thank you Eric, that is very helpful!
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