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Golden-backed snipe fly

This golden-backed snipe fly (Chrysopilus thoracicus) landed in one of my bird baths and drifted around for a few minutes on the surface tension. I’m not positive, but I think I’ve seen them do this in past years, too. I wonder whether they are looking for mosquito larvae or adults. These flies have predaceous mouthparts, so they clearly hunt something. Sure wish somebody would PCR the gut contents of these things and let me know. Anyone ever seen them take something down? Also, I’m assuming they’re named snipe flies because they resemble snipes (the birds), but always questioned that because maybe they hunt by sniping (hiding, then leaping out). Again, anyone?

Colin Purrington Photography: Insects &emdash; Golden-backed snipe fly (Chrysopilus thoracicus)

Here’s another one, albeit one with a damaged eye:

Colin Purrington Photography: Insects &emdash; Golden-backed snipe fly (Chrysopilus thoracicus) with dented eye

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Brown anole dewlap

Brown anole displaying its dewlap.  Not sure whether this was a male or female, though I’m sure anyone familiar with brown anoles would know instantly.  Males supposedly have bigger dewlaps and display them longer … but I only saw this one individual.  My guess is that it’s a he.  For a great overview of dewlaps, please see Anole Annals.  Photograph from Key Largo, Florida, March 2014.

Brown anole displaying dewlap

Also, sure wish more science fiction movies would equip aliens with these.  Missed opportunity for surprise and hilarity.

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