Tag Archives: mimic

Copulating stilt-legged flies

Copulating pair of Taeniaptera trivittata, a type of still-legged fly (Micropezidae). Males (or females, according to one source) apparently brush the eyes of the partner during mating, though this frame didn’t capture that. When flitting around leaves they wave their white-tipped … Continue reading

Posted in Biology, Photography, Science | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Raspberry crown borer

I LOVE this clearwing moth. The raspberry crown borer (Pennisetia marginata) is a Batesian mimic of (I think) Vespula maculifrons and V. pensylvanica, our native yellow jackets. If you’re mildly impressed by the resemblance, you should see them in flight or walking … Continue reading

Posted in Biology, Gardening, Photography, Science | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment