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A Fly, Oh, My!

A female Eristalis stipator (as identified by Martin Hauser of the California Department of Food and Agriculture, foraging on tropical milkweed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A fly, oh, my! On the approval scale, they don't rank nearly as high as honey bees, but some are often mistaken for them. Take the Eristalis stipator, which belongs to the family Syrphidae, the hover flies. It's about the same size as a honey bee and...

Posted on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 5:12 PM

Flies, Maggots and Forensic Entomologists at Bohart Museum on Sunday, July 9

A male flesh fly (Sarcophagidae)

Do you know the importance of maggots? Have you ever wanted to talk to a forensic entomologist? Ever wanted to create "maggot art" in a family friendly environment?Members of the North American Forensic Entomology Association (NAFEA) will be...

Posted on Monday, July 3, 2017 at 6:21 PM

The Lady Beetle and the Syrphid Fly

A large syrphid fly, Scaeva pyrastri (as identified by Martin Hauser of the California Department of Food and Agriculture), heads for a lady beetle. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

So, here I am, an Asian lady beetle (Harmonia axyridis) perched on a rose bush in Vacaville, Calif., as dawn breaks. I'm eating  aphids and minding my own beetle business, which consists of gobbling aphids and more aphids. And more aphids. Did I say...

Posted on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at 4:38 PM

Flowering Jade Draws Some Pollinators

European syrphid fly forages  on jade at the Benicia Capitol State Historic Park.  This is a Eristalinus aenus.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It's not spring yet, but don't tell that to the pollinators at the Benicia Capitol State Historic Park. We traveled to the state park on Monday, Jan. 25 to see if we could find a bumble bee foraging on the jade blossoms. Or more specifically, the...

Posted on Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 5:25 PM

There Is Such a Thing as a Free Lunch

A freeloader fly dines on a bee freshly killed by a garden spider. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

There is such a thing as a free lunch. And a free breakfast. And a free dinner. And a free snack. That is, if you're a freeloader fly. If you've ever watched a spider snare a bee or other insect in its web, and wrap it like a fit-to-be-tied...

Posted on Monday, July 27, 2015 at 8:53 PM

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