Pyrgotid Fly

Pyrgotid FlyThis is not your normal insect attack! The Pyrgotid fly is actually laying its eggs in the back of the flying May beetle. When the eggs hatch, the larvae will feed on the beetle, killing it as they grow larger. Sounds like a science fiction film…

1.    Draw the abdomen and hind wings of the flying beetle.

2.    Add six legs and the pattern on the abdomen.

3.    Draw the fore wings or elytra (which, on beetles, don’t move in flight). Leave space for the attacker.

4.    Add the head, thorax, and abdomen of the attacker.

5.    Draw the wings and antennae of the fly.

6.    Add shading with a dull pencil, and go over lines with a sharp pencil, to finish your drawing.

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