Dagger fly (Empis tessellata). Empis tessellata is the largest of the UK's dagger flies and can be found in hedgerows, meadows, woodland edges and gardens. They can often be seen feeding on umbellifers like this one. They are also predatory and catch other insects by piercing their bodies with their long 'dagger.' .
Females will only mate if the male presents her with a gift of a dead insect beforehand. .
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