Pollenia Cluster Flies - Mating

22nd March 2012
At the local churchyard once again. Gravestones offer useful resting and basking places for insects and are always worth checking.

Today, I saw a couple of flies mating on a marble headstone. I recognised them as being Pollenia cluster flies because I'd photographed one in 2011 and submitted the shot to Dipterists Forum. The flies are characterised by the thick blond hairs on the thorax, but these get worn away as the season progresses.

I've found that when insects are mating, they are often very tolerant of movement and offer good opportunities for photography. I took lots of shots of these two, trying to get both of the eyes in focus. This was my favourite one.

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