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Saturday, July 19, 2008

Fly Nocturne

During our recent spell of what the weather-people call monsoonal moisture I've noticed a lot of flies roosting on the flowers at sundown. Here are some green bottle flies (Lucilia "used to be Phaenicia" sericata) clustered on a gaillardia flower, and a couple others hanging out on some dusty miller. They spend the night on the flowers; I know because in the morning I find their calling cards (aka droppings or specks) all over the petals and sepals.

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