Monday, July 8, 2013

Shoo, fly...

No, wait--you don't buzz annoyingly or bite. You can stay.

Crane Fly. (Sorry, I gave up trying to get it to species.)
What's with the funny little balls-on-sticks things on its abdomen?*

Long-legged fly. These are even better looking in profile. Fly on stilts!

I managed to ID this gorgeous itty bitty to the Tachinidae family and then gave up.
(And what's with the funny little plates sticking out of its abdomen...?*)

* Vestigal wings. Most flying insects have four arranged in two pairs; flies have just two (one pair). That's why they are in the family Diptera - "two wings". See, three years of Latin in high school actually did pay off!