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Why Flies Are Pollinators, Too!

A  bee fly, genus Villa, collecting pollen on a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Will all the pollinators please stand up! Or do a fly-by like the Blue Angels or a crawl-by like babies competing in a diaper derby. Bees--there are more than 4000 of them in North America--are the main pollinators, but don't overlook butterflies,...

A  bee fly, genus Villa, collecting pollen on a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A bee fly, genus Villa, collecting pollen on a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A bee fly, genus Villa, collecting pollen on a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bee (left) and a syrphid fly, aka hover fly or flower fly, sharing a Tithonia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Honey bee (left) and a syrphid fly, aka hover fly or flower fly, sharing a Tithonia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bee (left) and a syrphid fly, aka hover fly or flower fly, sharing a Tithonia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at 6:57 PM
Tags: bee fly (3), Bombyliidae (2), flower fly (12), honey bees (345), hover fly (19), Pollination Nation (3), pollinators (30), syrphid fly (17), syrphids (4), Villa (1)

Hide the Cactus!

Black hover fly, aka Mexican cactus fly, sipping nectar from a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Hide the cactus! There's a Mexican cactus fly in our midst. A large black fly hovers over a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia) in our bee garden and then drops down to sip some nectar. At first glance it looks like a carpenter bee but this one hovers like a...

Black hover fly, aka Mexican cactus fly, sipping nectar from a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Black hover fly, aka Mexican cactus fly, sipping nectar from a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Black hover fly, aka Mexican cactus fly, sipping nectar from a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Side view of the black syrphid fly, a Mexican cactus flower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Side view of the black syrphid fly, a Mexican cactus flower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Side view of the black syrphid fly, a Mexican cactus flower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey

Mexican cactus fly ready to take off. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Mexican cactus fly ready to take off. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Mexican cactus fly ready to take off. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 5:29 PM

It's All About the Community

A yellow-faced bumble bee on a zinnia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

If you like community gardens, then you'll want to visit the Avant Garden at the corner of First and D streets in Benicia. The Benicia Community Garden (BCG) signed a lease agreement in the fall of 2010 with Estey Real Estate to establish a downtown...

A yellow-faced bumble bee on a zinnia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A yellow-faced bumble bee on a zinnia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A yellow-faced bumble bee on a zinnia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A hover fly, aka flower fly or syrphid fly, soaking up sunshine. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A hover fly, aka flower fly or syrphid fly, soaking up sunshine. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A hover fly, aka flower fly or syrphid fly, soaking up sunshine. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A spotted cucumber beetle and a green metallic sweat bee sharing a cosmos. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A spotted cucumber beetle and a green metallic sweat bee sharing a cosmos. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A spotted cucumber beetle and a green metallic sweat bee sharing a cosmos. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up of a male green metallic sweat bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Close-up of a male green metallic sweat bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up of a male green metallic sweat bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at 8:33 PM

Hovering in the Wind

Syrphid fly nectaring on tower of jewels, Echium wildpretii. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The 40 mile-per-hour howling wind didn't seem to bother the syrphid fly, aka hover fly and flower fly.     It clung to a blossom on the tower of jewels, Echium wildpretii, and proceeded to nectar. Its wings sparkled in the morning sun. This...

Syrphid fly nectaring on tower of jewels, Echium wildpretii. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Syrphid fly nectaring on tower of jewels, Echium wildpretii. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Syrphid fly nectaring on tower of jewels, Echium wildpretii. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Syrphid sparkles in the early morning sun. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Syrphid sparkles in the early morning sun. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Syrphid sparkles in the early morning sun. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 9:30 PM

The Girl and the Bubble

Syrphid fly (female Sphaerophoria), as identified by senior insect biosystematist Martin Hauser of the CDFA. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Gavrey)

Ah, the little intricacies of life... We were walking along a stretch of the coastal town of Bodega Bay when we spotted something we'd never seen before: a bubble on a syrphid fly. Syrphid flies, also known as hover flies or flower flies, are...

Syrphid fly (female Sphaerophoria), as identified by senior insect biosystematist Martin Hauser of the CDFA. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Gavrey)
Syrphid fly (female Sphaerophoria), as identified by senior insect biosystematist Martin Hauser of the CDFA. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Gavrey)

Syrphid fly (female Sphaerophoria), as identified by senior insect biosystematist Martin Hauser of the CDFA. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Gavrey)

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Close-up of "The Girl and the Bubble." See text above for what the bubble is. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up of "The Girl and the Bubble." See text above for what the bubble is. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, August 20, 2012 at 9:56 PM
Tags: Bodega (2), flower fly (12), hover fly (19), Martin Hauser (15), Sphaerophoria (1), syrphid fly (17)

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