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Trish Meyer

Denhams Beach, Australia

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Insects, Bugs and Creepy Crawlies … January 2011
Totally Amateur Photography … October 2011

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Photographed in my garden above a spent Buddlija bloom, several tiny Flies (unidentified at the time of upload)
were seen helping themselves to a meal of unfortunate Bee caught by a Praying Mantis.

I have been stirred to do some more research and I think I now have a positive i.d. for the tiny flies! They are probably not far away at all times, but difficult to see as the body length is only 2mm, which compares accurately with the 15mm body length of the Honey Bee. Believe it or not, I think they are Freeloader Flies, (yes, that’s their name) Desmometopa species!!

I have also observed them “sharing” meals with assorted spiders.

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