I'm generally not all that into flies. In fact, I'm rather inclined to
swat them, and I do. Since I've started to pay more attention to
the other bugs
though, I've noticed that there are
different kinds of flies. I hadn't thought about it much before; it's so
hard to tell once they're swatted - who looks?
In any case, since they're out
there, and some flies do have some neat metallic colors, here they are
for you to enjoy too.
This next fly isn't a brightly metallic colored long-legged fly, but it
is perhaps the best sort of fly. This small house
is EATING the
fly! Think about that before you spray a spider near your door. What a
No, it isn't a roach
. This odd, large, long bug is a
Here's a dead fly. Sorry, I prefer to take pictures of live
these green horse flies
bite so I got it to be very very still before I
tried to take pictures of it. I think it's in the genus
I noticed something going on under this leaf and found a flower
eating a fly:
Here's a bug
to dislike. This is a
biting fly called a deer fly
. I got extremely
brave and put my finger behind it so you can tell how big it is.
This fly was in the shade, and then it took off faster than I could
follow. It's an odd picture, if dark, so I'm sharing it anyway.
This long skinny bug on the leaf in front of my finger is a syrphid fly.
This kind of fly can help rid your
garden of aphids
, so don't swat them all!
I was looking at my Firebush
when this blue bug caught my eye. Is it
some sort of blue fly?
Of course, flies beget flies. Here's how that begins:
I never expected to get this picture, but here it is - a FLYING fly!
Then the following fly is eating some little something.
This tiny red fly is perched on the tip of my thumbnail:
If you'd asked me a few years ago if I'd ever enjoy photographing flies
I'd have laughed at you. Now though, I have to admit that it is a fun
challenge to sneak up on a fly and get a picture before it leaves. The
long-legged flies are particularly fascinating to look at; I love their
This big green fly finally paused in the sunlight. It was enjoying a
flower. Usually these flies hover and buzz and then zip away
so fast that I generally lose track of them. I've also found them
resting beneath leaves; that's a fun picture to try to take at high noon
in a breeze.