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Photo#463446
Small fly (?) on coyote brush (Baccharis pilularis)

Small fly (?) on coyote brush (Baccharis pilularis)
Carpinteria Salt Marsh, Santa Barbara County, California, USA
October 9, 2010
Size: 4 mm
This small fly (I'm guessing) was perched atop an unopened bud of a male coyote brush flower (Baccharis pilularis). I'm curious as to the ID, and also what might be going on with that globe of clear liquid (it looks like) near the fly's mouth.

Thanks.

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Ephydridae
Is the family the fly belongs to....
And more about bubble blowing....
http://www.diptera.info/forum/viewthread.php?thread_id=1016
Greetings

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Can't tell you the species...
...or why the bubble but I can point you to this forum thread which discusses several possibilities about these bubbles.

I have seen this several times also.

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