Compost Fly
Male
Adelaide Hills
Compost Fly
Male twisting more
 
    
Compost Fly (Bibio imitator)Class: Animal (Animalia) - Joint Leg (Arthropoda) - Insect (Insecta)
Order: Fly (Diptera)
Family: Orange Fly (Bibionidae)
Species: Compost Fly (Bibio imitator)
This Photo:     Size, ventral, Male starting to twist
Other name: Garden Maggot

EXTRA - Photo Specific Information:
A very strange situation. We caught these two in the act (literally caught them and put them into an insect box while they were in the act). Normally they would have been fine. But she was panicking and got him so twisted he fell unconscious. Even then he didn't let go. In his "sleep" he must have had a dream and when he woke up he finished pretty quickly and they parted.
BUT HE WAS SOOOO TWISTED UP!
General Species Information:
Found in the Adelaide Hills

Copyright © 2015- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 04-Dec-2015
This species is an Australian Native Species