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Images: Fossil Fly Sex

Fossil Fly Sex

Mating Jurassic flies

(Image credit: Dr. Huang)

A mating pair of strashilids, fossil insects from the Jurassic that resemble modern aquatic flies.

Male Fly

Male fly

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A male strashilid fly with grasping limbs from the Jurassic, found in Inner Mongolia.

Male and Female Flies

Male and female strashilid fly illustration

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A reconstruction of the male strashilid fly (right) and the female (left).

Winged Male

Male fossil strashilid with large wing.

(Image credit: Dr. Huang)

This fossil strashilid, a male, reveals its large, membranous wing.

Fly Ecology

strashilid fly ecology

(Image credit: Dr. Huang)

This illustration captures the likely ecology of Jurassic strashilids, from the larval stage to winged adulthood. Finally, the flies shed their wings and return to the water to mate and die.

Stephanie Pappas
Stephanie Pappas is a contributing writer for Live Science. She covers the world of human and animal behavior, as well as paleontology and other science topics. Stephanie has a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of South Carolina and a graduate certificate in science communication from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She has ducked under a glacier in Switzerland and poked hot lava with a stick in Hawaii. Stephanie hails from East Tennessee, the global center for salamander diversity. Follow Stephanie on Google+.