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Balloon fly with silk-spinning front legs.
Observed: 6th May 2012 By: Nick Upton
Added: 6th May 2012
A very small male dance fly with special front legs. All dance flies offer courtship gifts of prey they've caught to females, but Hilara goes a step further, wrapping them in silk spun from silk glands on its weird front legs and carry them in courtship dances, and mate while a a female unwraps it to feed. Some cheat and carry empty "balloons"!