|The beautiful tachinid fly Trichopoda pennipes, cooked medium-rare a la torchiere|
Unfortunately, Trichopoda like many insects exhibits a behavior that entomologists call "positive phototaxis." This is the same behavior that draws a moth to a flame, or as it were, a pair of flies to a 300-watt halogen floor lamp. As soon as I opened the container both flies spiraled upward with Icarus-like disregard, achieving results comparable to the myth. Alas, rather than the oviposition action shot I had hoped for, we are left with this photo of another upside-down insect.
Her mate, I am afraid, fared even worse and could not be salvaged at all. Consequently, it smells of charbroiled death in here, and I am inspired to retire for the evening.