Category Archives: diptera

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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Quick Reflexes

There is a group of flies belonging to the family Dolichopodidae, which are fairly common around here.  The common name is long-legged flies, and you can find them on leaves of trees and shrubs, often on top of the leaf … Continue reading

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Female Enhancements

I found some interesting flies,  Rhamhomyia longicauda, yesterday, and posted their photos on this blog.  They have a fascinating life cycle–the males provide a nuptial gift of a prey item, and the females inflate their abdomens in order to make the … Continue reading

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