Nuptial Gift from male Robber Fly (Holcocephala fusca)
One of the funniest nature scenes I have seen, the female (above) was entertained eating a fly and the male (obvious, below) triyng to start the mating, or at least the scene looked this way, correct if I’m wrong… She denied some times with the rear legs :P
It’s a non rare scene when I shoot insects at morning, even more in autumm, flies, coleopters, bugs, some of them start the mating at hot afternoon end and one of them, always the male, die in the cold of the coming night, at evening there were females with the problem of separate the dead mate. This female was lucky, allowed me to take the photo and after released the male in a leaf nearby.
Mallophora bomboides is a bumble bee mimic robber fly. This example was photographed at Archbold Biological Station; the robber fly was hanging near a mixed patch of liatris and golden rod. I did not see this one make a capture but, having seen others at work, it is amazing how quickly these ungainly looking insects can launch themselves after prey insects (primarily pollinators).