My first reaction to this fly was a leap backwards; I thought it was a
wasp. Nope - it's a Mydas Fly. I still didn't pick it up!
It looks as though I'll be
getting more of them, given what this pair on my
Cassia are up to.
I don't think any flies can eat solids; they slurp liquids, so that
Mydas Fly on the Spanish Needles
flower above must be sipping nectar
. That is one popular flower in the
world of butterflies
This unfortunate Mydas Fly caught my attention when I went out to check
, that plant it's hanging on, to see how my
butterfly caterpillar was doing. I'm glad the
got the Mydas
Fly instead of my caterpillar
That wasp is so small compared to the
Mydas fly that it's hard to believe it caught it. I wish I'd seen the
beginning of the story, but what you see is what I found, so I can't say
for sure how the wasp got the fly for supper.
This next big buggie was on the wrong side of the patio screen.
I stuck a cup over him, after getting pictures, of course, slipped a paper
between the cup and the screen, and tossed it bug and all out the door.
That's a very effective method of catching a bug by the way. Clear
containers work best, particularly if it might be a biting bug - you
know where it is in relation to your fingers!
Speaking of fingers, here are mine, just to show you how very large the
Mydas Flies are.
There hundreds of species of Mydas Flies. When I finish getting at least
a general name for all of the other plants
caught my attention, I'll come back to which species this one is, but
for the time being, I'm quite content to call it a Mydas Fly.