|Delphinia picta loves Toyota trucks - REK|
|Reiner Jakubowski - CC|
|Love that petiole - John Lampkin|
The adults live up to 40 days. They mate on the second day after emerging from the pupa, and presumably spend the following weeks in fond remembrance of their mating ritual as described in Wikipedia. In the words of John Lampkin's photograph, "These flies suggest that it's worth a shot to try mating upside down wearing gas masks."
"The female will wave her wings gently and a male will respond by flicking his wings before copulation. Courtship may also include one or more of the partners blowing a bubble from their mouth."
|D. pictus - Lloyd Davidson CC|
John Lampkin has Missouri roots, now a practicing "citizen naturalist" in Florida.
Linda Bower's fantastic videos are at Nature in Motion.
Editor's note: Rewatch Linda's video and admire the beautyberry too. It's one of my favorite native shrubs. You may yearn for one or more for your yard.