flower fly http://www.nhm.org/nature/taxonomy/term/182/all en Massive Black Fly aka Mexican Cactus Fly http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/massive-black-fly-aka-mexican-cactus-fly <div dir="ltr" trbidi="on">Earlier this week I was outside being interviewed about Entomophagy, the practice of eating bugs. While they were setting up the camera and sound equipment I took a few moments to see what insects were visiting the bright yellow flowers on the bush I was standing next to. Among the usual honeybees, I saw a massive black fly. This fly was huge (3/4 of an inch in length) and really stood out against the yellow flowers. </div><p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/massive-black-fly-aka-mexican-cactus-fly" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/massive-black-fly-aka-mexican-cactus-fly#comments Brian Brown Copestylum mexicanum Flower Flies of Los Angeles County flower fly Mexican cactus fly Blog Sat, 17 Nov 2012 05:31:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 712 at http://www.nhm.org/nature Aphid Eating Flower Fly Found in North Campus http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/aphid-eating-flower-fly-found-north-campus <p><span>There are over 150,000 species of flies in the world! Most visitors who come to the Museum can name only a few of these flies (house fly, horse fly, or mosquito for examples) and many hold the belief that we would be better off without flies in our world. On Wednesday, January 18<span>,</span> we found a fly that I am sure will help you realize that all flies can't be cast as "bad" characters<span> </span>—<span> </span>I introduce the humble aphid eating flower fly, <em>Eupeodes volucris. </em></span> <div> </div></p><p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/aphid-eating-flower-fly-found-north-campus" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/aphid-eating-flower-fly-found-north-campus#comments aphids Eupoeodes volucris Flies flower fly hoverfly insects syrphid fly syrphidae Blog Sat, 21 Jan 2012 06:04:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 673 at http://www.nhm.org/nature