This is the amusing story about the Kiss Fly, a story with lots of question marks. The picture on the left hand-side shows the female Kiss Fly (Platystoma seminationis). The about 7 mm little fly lives in the area of hedges and the outskirts of the forest, in vegetation that is knee-high or flatter. In some years, you can see it very often there, in others rather rarely.
The unimpressive fly doesn`t really have an English name, but only a Latin indication (Platystoma seminationis). It is a member of the genus Platystomatidae. The German name "Kiss Fly" is my idea, because of its very flashy behaviour during its courtship ritual. In last years, I have witnessed this ritual repeatedly, which I will show you now in this story.

The male fly flies around between grasses and low leaves of shrubs searching for a female fly. When it has discovered one, it circles the female in a sideways position, the latter hereupon reacting with the same movement.




So the picture story continues:
- Courtship dance of Kiss Fly
- Copula
- Why is the fly "Kiss Fly"?

Do you want to continue watching? Please register.
This registration is free and without obligation and can always be undone. 

By registering, you also have the access to all other complete picture stories my homepage.

Register now



If you have already registered, pleas enter below your login information.

 

User login

Enter your username and password here in order to log in on the website:
Login

Forgot your password?