Good Morning Campers
Firstly thank you for all your wonderful comments, messages and votes following yesterdays upload. A further mention going to Ade for correctly identifying my little monster.
Todays upload is definitely a Scorpion Fly...
The Scorpion Fly is a strange looking insect which is found in gardens, hedgerows and woodland edges, particularly amongst nettles and Bramble. It has a long beak-like projection from its head that is uses to feed, scavenging on dead insects and frequently stealing the contents of spider's webs. It lives up to its name by sporting a scorpion-like tail, which the male uses in courtship displays. Adults usually mate at night, but mating can be a dangerous game for the male, who might easily be killed by the female. So he presents her with a nuptial gift of a dead insect or a mass of saliva to placate her - the equivalent of a box of chocolates! The resulting eggs are laid in the soil and the emerging larvae live and pupate at the soil surface.
I hope that you have a great day ahead, I shall be chilling out doing as little as possible.
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