Empididae

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Empididae

[em′pid·ə‚dē]
(invertebrate zoology)
The dance flies, a family of orthorrhaphous dipteran insects in the series Nematocera.

Empididae

 

a family of dipterous insects. The body, which measures up to 15 mm in length, is elongate and slightly downy, with long legs and a needle-like proboscis. Empididae are widely distributed over the earth and are especially numerous in forests. There are approximately 2,800 species. In summer the insects swarm, performing complex mating dances. They are predators of smaller insects. Adults are found on the leaves and trunks of trees and on flowers. The larvae develop in soil and forest humus, although some larvae are aquatic, developing in streams and small rivers.

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So if you chose thin rubber to make your balloon fly higher and therefore faster, your balloon could just explode if the wind speeds become excessive.
YOUR recent story about the young lad who let a balloon fly away and got fined pounds 50 prompts me to write about something I witnessed last year over at Scotswood.
But with around 12 expected to fly to and from Middlesbrough's Stewart Park on both mornings and evenings, there's a good chance people across Teesside will see a big balloon fly past their house.
Margaret Smith watched the balloon fly over gardens and added: "I've never seen one as near and it was full of people.
He wanted to make the balloon fly vertically like a rocket.
Alex climbed out of the balloon's capsule at 10,000 ft and released heavy gas cylinders to let the balloon fly clear of the Atlas mountains in North Africa.
Alex climbed out of the balloon's capsule at 10,000ft and released heavy gas cylinders to let the balloon fly clear of the Atlas mountains in north Africa.