Dance fly

Dance fly

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Credit: NIGEL DOWNER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Dance fly (Empis opaca) resting on a leaf in a damp woodland habitat in Norfolk, UK. This large predatory insect is common in the UK and has a long dagger-like snout. Males present a 'gift' of a dead insect before mating. Females do not mate with males who do not offer a gift.

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