Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Shoo, Fly!

Photo by Ned Harris 7/26/2014

Photo by Ned Harris 7/23/2014

Robber Flies are out and about - in Sabino Canyon (top photo) and on Mt Lemmon (bottom). All flies (Order: Diptera = two wings) undergo complete metamorphosis (egg, larva, pupa, adult), but adults have only one pair of wings (see order name). As you see in the Mt Lemmon photo, adult Robber Flies eat other insects. The plant is a Bearded Penstemon (Penstemon barbatus), by the way. (pg. 140 in Rose)

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