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Susan R Walter
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Posted on 04-04-2019 20:26
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Any thoughts on what these small flies are, on and near a male Meloe violaceus? What might they be doing? I suspect the proximity isn't just a coincidence, I think they are deliberately accompanying or attracted to the beetle. Photo taken today, central lowland France.
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Hello Susan,

I think, canthariphilous Ceratopogonidae. Atrichopogon?
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Subgenus Melohelea feeds on Meloidae. I can't be sure of ID from this photo.
 
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With specimens in hand I could identify it...
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Thanks all for the ID suggestions. Paul -- I was with my walking group -- it's hard enough stopping to photograph something, much less capture a specimen ! :-)
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