Posts tagged with ‘flies’

Harry’s advent calendar of insects day 5: Poecilobothrus nobilitatus

It’s tempting to just concentrate on the showiest insect families — butterflies, moths, beetles, dragonflies — at the expense of the incredible variety of flies, bugs, fleas, ants, termites, cockroaches and so on. But let’s have at least one fly. There are lots of things with ‘fly’ in the name — butterfly, caddisfly, scorpionfly and so on — but the true flies, the […]

Dancing flies

Flies doing a little mating dance on our lily pads. I think they might be a species called Poecilobothrus nobilitatus, but that’s a provisional ID for the moment. Sorry for the camera-shake.

Links

A Snail’s Eye View: <em>Musca domestica</em> Fly-related anecdotage. (del.icio.us tags: flies ) Friday Cephalopod: WE HAVE LIFTOFF! : Pharyngula Flying squid! (del.icio.us tags: squid )

Some local insects

Earlier in the season, most of the damselflies were blue ones; now they’re all blue-tailed: This bit of south London is, slightly unexpectedly, a stronghold for the increasingly rare stag beetle. At this time of year you tend to see them flying overhead in the evening; but the weather has been so miserable that I […]

Flies, again.

A little while back I was talking about the extraordinary number of insect species just within the UK, and I said: What I find staggering about these numbers is that it implies there are so many different evolutionary niches available for such apparently similar creatures. Even the 51 species of mayfly are slightly mind-boggling, but […]