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You could be forgiven for thinking this is a type of mollusc, and that was how this insect was first classified by some scientists. It is the larva of a type of hover fly (Microdon sp.). I am not sure which species this is, but I found it inside an ant nest in timber. Living with ants is quite common for these insects. They belong to a category known as 'synoeketic myrmecophiles', which means they are 'indifferently tolerated guests of ants'. Such great phrases to drop at a dinner party! #entomology #australianinsects #insectsofinstagram #microdon #diptera #syrphidae #myrmecophile #synoeketic

You could be forgiven for thinking this is a type of mollusc, and that was how this insect was first classified by some scientists. It is the larva of a type of hover fly (Microdon sp.). I am not sure which species this is, but I found it inside an ant nest in timber. Living with ants is quite common for these insects. They belong to a category known as 'synoeketic myrmecophiles', which means they are 'indifferently tolerated guests of ants'. Such great phrases to drop at a dinner party! #entomology  #australianinsects  #insectsofinstagram  #microdon  #diptera  #syrphidae  #myrmecophile  #synoeketic 

7 Comments

6d ago lookie_see

I also follow sewing accounts... I thought that this was a shoulder pad! 😄 This is amazing. 🌟

5d ago dragonflybluue

Very cool info Denis and such detail in this photo 👏

5d ago fayearcaro

You must gave the best and most entertaining dinner parties Denis. I loved the story of when the Mantis fly came to dinner. I actually told 50 Probus ladies about it the other day.

4d ago luisalmota

Awesome!! 😊🤘

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