Flies (Diptera) - James Dorey
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Banana stalk flies (Telostylinus angusticollis)

Banana stalk flies (Telostylinus angusticollis)

Banana stalk fly males vary in size depending on the quality of the food that they are raised on as larvae. Better provisioned males (largest individual) will fight one another for the right to females (individual closest to the tree), but smaller males must sneak in to mate with females right under the brawnier flie's noses (middle individual)

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