Wednesday, May 30, 2007

More Fun With Flies

Male rhagionid fly rhagionid fly, side view

Yesterday's snipe fly was a female; this morning I found a male of the same species waiting for me outside the front door on my tiny new peony plant. The drosophilid fly below (often miscalled "fruit flies;" that common name belongs to another family) was perched on the tip of an apical milkweed leaf, looking as if he were about to leap, although he sat there very still for a long time.

drosophilid fly


Brett Hendrickson said...

The drosophilid looks like he's on one of those peppermint patty commercials.

Rebecca Clayton said...

It's true--he seemed frozen in mid-jump.