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Mating Flies

3-18-13 mating flies IMG_6645 (2)It’s hard to believe that flies are not only active but mating now, given the snow and low temperatures that Vermont is still experiencing, but these two flies were perched atop coyote scat doing just that. They are in the Heleomyzidae family, whose members are often found in dark or cold places, and are most likely to be encountered in the spring or late fall. There are species associated with caves, mammal burrows, carrion and birds’ nests, in addition to scat.

3 responses

  1. Marie Kirn

    I wonder if they are having fun! M

    March 18, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    • She was totally focused on consuming food the entire time, while he appeared to have something else on his mind…

      March 18, 2013 at 10:31 pm

  2. Margo Nutt

    You get the most AMAZING photos!

    March 19, 2013 at 12:14 pm

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