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Posts Tagged: Milichiidae

May the Buzz Be With You

A female ultra green sweat bee, Agapostemon texanus, nectaring on cosmos. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Did you feel the buzz in 2015? The honey bees, bumble bees, sunflower bees, sweat bees...what a year it was! It's time to walk down memory lane--or stray from the garden path--and post a few bee images from 2015. It wasn't all flowers and sunshine....

Posted on Thursday, December 31, 2015 at 4:42 PM

Pity the Poor Honey Bees

Freeloader flies, from family Milichiidae, crowd the carcass of a honey bee trapped in a web. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Pity the poor honey bees.  They have to contend with pesticides, parasites, pests, diseases,  malnutrition, stress and that mysterious malady called colony collapse disorder in which adult bees abandon the hive, leaving behind the...

Posted on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at 4:56 PM
Tags: Desmometopa (1), freeloader flies (2), honey bee (2), Milichiidae (4), spider (1), web (1)

Freeloaders Never Miss a Meal

A banded garden spider (Argiope trifasciata) wraps a bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

If your dog is well, a little chunky, you're probably accustomed to someone saying "Fido never misses a meal, does he?"  Well, those little freeloader flies never miss a meal, either. They not only never miss a meal, but they're never late for...

Posted on Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at 7:26 PM

Buddy, Can You Share a Meal?

Freeloader fly sharing a meal with a spider. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The next time you see a spider eating a bee snared in its web, look closely. The spider may not be alone. It may have a dinner companion.  A freeloader fly. The common name, "freeloader fly," refers to the Milichiidae family. These flies are very...

Posted on Monday, August 13, 2012 at 10:04 PM
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