Saturday, 17 July 2010

Major Cleans Up

In response to the clamour from up to all of the readers of this blog, I post a picture of the soldier-fly, Oxycera rara, mentioned in my last post. It is a male, you can tell because the head is almost entirely made up of the eyes, giving it the closest thing to all-round vision that it is possible to get. The picture is also of some interest for the behaviour it depicts, it is using the hind legs to clean the wings by applying opposing pressure, the wings outward and the legs inward, thus cleaning the wing surface.
OK, I confess, the "clamour" came from, well it did not come at all, but I rather liked the picture.

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