Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada
Clickable Guide
Moths Butterflies Flies Caterpillars Flies Dragonflies Flies Mantids Cockroaches Bees and Wasps Walkingsticks Earwigs Ants Termites Hoppers and Kin Hoppers and Kin Beetles True Bugs Fleas Grasshoppers and Kin Ticks Spiders Scorpions Centipedes Millipedes

Calendar
Upcoming Events

Information, insects and people from the 2019 BugGuide Gathering in Louisiana, July 25-27

Discussion, insects and people from the 2018 gathering in Virginia, July 27-29

Photos of insects and people from the 2015 gathering in Wisconsin, July 10-12

Photos of insects and people from the 2014 gathering in Virginia, June 4-7.

Photos of insects and people from the 2013 gathering in Arizona, July 25-28

Photos of insects and people from the 2012 gathering in Alabama

Photos of insects and people from the 2011 gathering in Iowa


TaxonomyBrowseInfoImagesLinksBooksData
Photo#155357
Fly dining on aphids? - Lucilia sericata

Fly dining on aphids? - Lucilia sericata
Sunnyvale, Santa Clara County, California, USA
October 4, 2007
BTW - Interesting trivia for those who don't know it - The compound eyes are made of many individual lenses, and the reason for the flattened parts on the eyes is that this allows for more lenses to fit in these areas, and therefore the eyes have improved resolution. I just read this on a website, but it seems credible to me.

Images of this individual: tag all
Fly dining on aphids? - Lucilia sericata Fly dining on aphids? - Lucilia sericata Fly dining on aphids? - Lucilia sericata - male

Moved
Moved from Lucilia.

That is interesting re: eyes
Flat spots are very obvious on some Mexican cactus flies, depending on the light.

 
Thanks!
I'm constantly amazed by how much the camera sees than I do. I'm not sure I noticed the aphids, but in the full size photo you can see at least four differently shaped micro bugs: green pointed ellipsoid, Green and shaped like a stink bug, tiny white spider shaped, and white aphid. I'm not sure what hunts them. Ladybugs, of course, but probably some flies and wasps too.

Comment viewing options
Select your preferred way to display the comments and click 'Save settings' to activate your changes.