Category Archives: diptera

In the Grand Scheme of Things….

You have to wonder–what kind of guy would spend an inordinate amount of his time posting photographs of insects to the internet?  I don’t know.  Seems like an odd thing to do. I just sat outside on my little patio … Continue reading

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The Coolest Fly Ever!

Today I did a little bit of walking around with my camera, and came across what is probably my favorite fly.  These flies are pretty impressive. Mydas flies are huge.  This one is probably Mydas tibialis, the golden-legged mydas fly. For … Continue reading

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A Fly that looks like a Wasp

I have been chasing butterflies lately and have spent a lot of time by common milkweed, which brings in all kinds of butterflies.  It brings in other pollinators as well–bees and wasps, primarily. On three different occasions I have run … Continue reading

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Best of the Year, 2015

I take a lot of photos every year, and this year was no exception.  Most of my photos are closeup photos.  I looked through my pictures, and came up with ten that I like the best. These are my favorites, … Continue reading

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Fungus Gnats Among Us

When I photograph nature, I love finding some creature or behavior that I did not know existed until I photograph it.  Almost as good, though, is seeing something I have read about or heard about and not seen in real … Continue reading

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Today’s Bugs

I was able to take a little time today to travel to a local prairie and met some friends there.  Officially it was a prairie walk, but several of us were more into the insects, and we had a good … Continue reading

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Syritta pipiens

To celebrate the end of pollinator week, here is a photo of a small syrphid fly, Syritta pipiens. Just another pollinator.

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A Swarm of Something

A swarm of some small insect–probably some small fly–formed a temporary lek in the sunlight. I am only an observer.  I have no observations beyond what you see.  Nor can I explain why I took the photo or posted it.

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Flies are Pollinators, too

This is national pollinator week.  Insects are getting some long-overdue conservation attention. I wish I could tell you what this is.  It is some kind of fly, possibly a dance fly.  Beyond that I don’t know. Hundreds or probably thousands … Continue reading

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The Predator and the Scavenger

I found a robber fly, possibly Laphria thoracica flavicollis (as identified on Bugguide) today while I was chasing butterflies.  It had captured a small colorful bug as its prey. The activity had already attracted a scavenger.  Note the much smaller fly taking advantage … Continue reading

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