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Ben_Dover needs your advice on bug sex

By johnboy - 30 November 2012 16

dragonflies

This in from Ben_Dover:

Spotted these two doing the dirty deed down at, yes you guessed it, the Pinnacle.

Anyone know what they are?

(And what is that position called? )

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Ben_Dover needs your advice on bug sex
TheDancingDjinn 5:32 pm 02 Dec 12

AsparagusSyndrome said :

Is insect porn permitted on RiotAct?

Anyhow, they look like robber flies to me. Wings back, rather than perpendicularly outward like dragonflies.

http://www.csiro.au/en/Outcomes/Environment/Biodiversity/DiverseFlyFactSheet.aspx

I love this site for this reason, I love learning new info about the creatures of Canberra . Thank you 🙂

“… At rest, adult robber flies may be mistaken for dragonflies as they have similar characteristics including:

strong outwardly positioned legs
solid thorax
large eyes
long skinny abdomen.

However, robber flies have only one pair of wings which are held over their back when resting, unlike dragonflies, who have two pair and hold them out to the side.

Similar to members of the syrphid family, some species of robber fly are also thought to mimic wasps.

Adult robber flies:

feed on other insects
are adapted to snatching fast flying insects on the wing
live in open forests.

Robbers flies hold their prey with powerful legs while neurotoxins and special enzymes (proteolytic) are injected into the victim. The body juices are then sucked out via a sharp straw-like mouth part (proboscis).

Larvae of robber flies live in soil or decomposing wood. The larvae of some species are also predacious.

AsparagusSyndrome 4:10 pm 01 Dec 12

Is insect porn permitted on RiotAct?

Anyhow, they look like robber flies to me. Wings back, rather than perpendicularly outward like dragonflies.

http://www.csiro.au/en/Outcomes/Environment/Biodiversity/DiverseFlyFactSheet.aspx

“… At rest, adult robber flies may be mistaken for dragonflies as they have similar characteristics including:

strong outwardly positioned legs
solid thorax
large eyes
long skinny abdomen.

However, robber flies have only one pair of wings which are held over their back when resting, unlike dragonflies, who have two pair and hold them out to the side.

Similar to members of the syrphid family, some species of robber fly are also thought to mimic wasps.

Adult robber flies:

feed on other insects
are adapted to snatching fast flying insects on the wing
live in open forests.

Robbers flies hold their prey with powerful legs while neurotoxins and special enzymes (proteolytic) are injected into the victim. The body juices are then sucked out via a sharp straw-like mouth part (proboscis).

Larvae of robber flies live in soil or decomposing wood. The larvae of some species are also predacious.

Deref 12:25 pm 01 Dec 12

No idea, though they look like dragonflies.

But damn – that’s a GREAT photo!

Ben_Dover 10:37 am 01 Dec 12

Thanks for all the great comments.

Fame at last! First hit on google, my god, do you think I’ll get international stardom and wealth?

Oh, BTW, if the participants are both female, I believe the position in known as “velcroing” 🙂

gooterz 10:22 am 01 Dec 12

Jethro said :

TheDancingDjinn said :

Well google says your image is dragon flies… I thought mayflies at first but cannot see those three long things they have at the end of their bodies.

Seriously google ” dragonflies of Canberra ” and your image is third.

First now.

Its the magic jelly bean spider. If you google Canberra magic jelly bean spider the image is first

Disinformation 9:50 am 01 Dec 12

They’re Asilinae or better known as Robber Flies.
They’re rather prolific in sub species though, which makes absolute identification difficult.

Jethro 11:51 pm 30 Nov 12

TheDancingDjinn said :

Well google says your image is dragon flies… I thought mayflies at first but cannot see those three long things they have at the end of their bodies.

Seriously google ” dragonflies of Canberra ” and your image is third.

First now.

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 9:55 pm 30 Nov 12

TheDancingDjinn said :

I believe anyone who has seen the film, Requiem for a dream, will know this is called ” ass to ass”

People you do not want to be associated with: large black man in requiem for a dream yelling out “ass to ass”

TheDancingDjinn 8:34 pm 30 Nov 12

I believe anyone who has seen the film, Requiem for a dream, will know this is called ” ass to ass”

TheDancingDjinn 8:33 pm 30 Nov 12

Well google says your image is dragon flies… I thought mayflies at first but cannot see those three long things they have at the end of their bodies.

Seriously google ” dragonflies of Canberra ” and your image is third.

bundah 6:46 pm 30 Nov 12

I just can’t be buggered.

poetix 6:31 pm 30 Nov 12

By the way, if you drew a line between each of the ‘elbow’ joints in the legs of the bottom insect, it would be exactly the same shape as in the wire fence behind. Great photo of some…

hexy little things…

Pork Hunt 11:40 am 30 Nov 12

In woodwork that would be a butt joint methinks.

aceofspades 9:46 am 30 Nov 12

poetix said :

That position is called precarious.

Well that’s one I haven’t tried.

poetix 9:14 am 30 Nov 12

That position is called precarious.

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