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Conopid Flies

A pair of Sicus ferrugineus (Diptera: Conopidae) mating.    I hadn't noticed before that the females are sightly larger than the males.

The larvae of these are internal parasites of bumble bees (Bombus sp) and the adult females actual lay their eggs between the abdominal segments of bees in flight.

Photo taken in Whitenights Park, Reading University grounds, Reading, UK, on 2012-06-15.

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