Sunday Spinelessness – A fly in the bee garden

By David Winter 12/02/2012 3


Just a couple of photos today.

We planted a bee garden this year – Borage, Phacelia foxglove and a couple of other plants that are known to attract honey bees and and their bumbling cousins into the garden:

The “bee garden” has worked – there is hardly a moment during the day when there isn’t at least one bee making it’s way around the little patch of garden. I’ll show you some photos of them soon, but today I wanted to share a much smaller creature. A tiny fly perched on the leaf of a chickweed (Stellaria):

I’m terrible with fly taxonomy (or flylogeny if you’d rather) – I like to think I can at least get most of the spiders and insects I encounter down to the family level (roughly equivalent to successfully identifying myself as a great ape). With the exception of a few groups – crane flies, robber flies and hover flies,  I get nowhere with flies. And so it is with this one, all I can tell you is that it’s small (~3mm) probably from group called Schizophora. And that I quite like this photo.


3 Responses to “Sunday Spinelessness – A fly in the bee garden”

  • Great photo! I’m not overly familiar with your New Zealand fauna, but it looks like a member of the Empididoidea, and probably in the family Dolichipodidae (long-legged flies).

  • Thanks Morgan,

    Especially for the clue about the Dolichipodidae, because that gives me a name for all those little metallic blue to green flies I see sunning themselves everywhere over summer and let me learn about the existence of a local flightless fly