Content tagged with "fly"

image of greenbottle fly on carcass

Blow Flies (Bottle Flies)

About 84 species in North America.
Many blow flies are so shiny and colorful they’re called greenbottles and bluebottles—but pretty as they are, it’s hard not to be repulsed by their larval diets.

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Crane Flies

There are over 500 species of crane flies in North America.
Many people are frightened of crane flies, which resemble huge mosquitoes. But crane flies don’t bite or suck blood. In fact, as adults, most of them don’t have mouths at all!

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image of Crane Fly clinging to a twig

Crane Fly

Nearly all crane flies look like giant mosquitoes. They have slender bodies, very long legs, and one pair of wings that are often held out at a 45-degree angle to the body. Just behind the wings, attached to the body, are two small, antennae-like appendages called halteres.

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Photo of female crane fly clinging to rock surface

Crane Fly (Female)

Not all crane flies rest with their wings held at 45-degree angles to the body. Sometimes they're held straight down the back. This female crane fly was photographed in April, clinging to the base of the natural bridge at Clifty Creek Conservation Area, just above the creek.

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Crane Fly Larva

The larvae of crane flies look like tan or gray "grubs," with segmented, wormlike bodies, a definite head, and tiny, fleshy projections at the hind end. Some species are aquatic, some are terrestrial.

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Deer Fly

Deer flies (Chrysops spp.) are usually smaller than horse flies, and they often have spotted eyes and a dark-spotted pattern on the wings. As with other members of the fly family, they have only one pair of wings, short antennae, and large compound eyes.

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Photo of Florida lettuce flower closeup with syrphid fly

Florida Lettuce (Woodland Lettuce)

A true lettuce that can be eaten as a cooked or salad green, Florida lettuce has lavender to purplish blue flowers and grows statewide. Here, a syrphid fly (a bee mimic) seeks nectar or pollen from its flowers.

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