Flies Diptera
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 in my butterfly garden though, I've noticed that there are lots of different kinds of flies. I hadn't thought about it much before; it's so hard to tell once they're swatted - who looks?
black and whtite fly with red eyes, probably in the Tachinidae family

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.

metallic green long-legged fly, probably in the genus condylostylus

Menemerus bivittatus spider eats a fly:

metallic blue long-legged fly, probably in the genus condylostylus
metallic long-legged fly, probably in the genus condylostylus
This next fly isn't a brightly metallic colored long-legged fly, but it is perhaps the best sort of fly. This small house spider is EATING the fly! Think about that before you spray a spider near your door. What a guardian!
No, it isn't a roach. This odd, large, long bug is a Mydas fly.
Here's a dead fly. Sorry, I prefer to take pictures of live bugs, but 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 Chlorotabanus.
Mydas Fly
biting green horse fly
Longlegged fly in the family Dolichopodidae
Longlegged fly in the family Dolichopodidae
I noticed something going on under this leaf and found a flower spider eating a fly:
Those little green spiders eat butterflies too.
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.
green flower crab spider eating a fly
green flower crab spider eating a fly
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:
biting deer fly resting on an Australian Pine needle above my finger
brown and yellow fly
blue fly, or blue other bug
Pseudodoros clavatus, syrphid fly
white and black fly with red eyes resting on the tip of a Coonite leaf
white and black fly with red eyes resting on the tip of a Coonite leaf
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:

fly in flight
fly eating a small something
Tiny red fly perched on my thumbnail
Extremely little red fly
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 intense colors!
Very small red fly
Unbelievably blue fly
Strikingly striped black and white fly
This big green fly finally paused in the sunlight. It was enjoying a Cnidoscolus 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.
Big green fly
Big green fly
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