Clitellaria ephippium male apparently tasting fallen pollen from neighboring trees on a fern-eagle leaf on the edge of a damp forest. This fly of the family Soldier flies (Stratiomyidae) is quite rare and its behaviors poorly known. The larvae grow for 4 years and live in black ant (Lasius fuliginosus) nest, but I have not been able to determine whether they are plant and animal waste cleaners (like the larvae of other members of This family) or if they are predators and I have not found any information on the diet of adults.
Created: May 28, 2016
© Anne Sorbes
Photo size: 14.1 Mpixels (40.2 MB uncompressed) - 5000x2813 pixels (16.6x9.3 in / 42.3x23.8 cm at 300 ppi)