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Very small fly on a bramble leaf

Observed: 21st May 2013 By: grant burleighgrant burleigh’s reputation in Invertebratesgrant burleigh’s reputation in Invertebratesgrant burleigh’s reputation in Invertebratesgrant burleigh’s reputation in Invertebratesgrant burleigh’s reputation in Invertebrates
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Description:

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Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Non-biting midge (Chironomidae) interacts

Comments

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The fly stayed completely still during the three minutes that I observed it; it eventually flew away. The images suggest to me that this was a female laying eggs,(and as she was so small) anchoring herself on the leaf surface with her antennae to avoid being blown off.

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For "antennae" substitute "front legs" (Image 2); Chironomid antennae not likely to be that long.