id from bugguide:
Two specimens observed nectaring on Copper Canyon Daisy (Tagetes lemmonii) around noon CST. I often saw them flying near each other, and once, it seemed as if they'd mate (but didn't). Sunny; 68 F; light breeze.
Yet another fly I am not able to identify...
Not at all sure I'm getting this one right - any help with ID would be much appreciated!
A rather large fly (body length > 10mm), found on boulders on the side of Cave Creek. There were quite a few of them locally.
Single individual observed around noon today CST nectaring on Copper Canyon Daisy (Tagetes lemmonii). Sunny; 63 F; light breeze.
Till 2014 the most common mosquito in the area Culex quinquefasciatus in 2014-16 has been replaced by Aedes notoscripus. Aedes notoscripus was very sparse until 2013.
I don't even wanna discuss what it took for me to get that first shot...just...nasty...:)
True flies are insects of the order Diptera (from the Greek di = two, and ptera = wings). Their most obvious distinction from other orders of insects is that a typical fly possesses a pair of flight wings on the mesothorax and a pair of halteres, derived from the hind wings, on the metathorax. (Some species of flies are exceptional in that they are secondarily flightless). The only other order of insects bearing two true, functional...