11 posts tagged fly

3rd August 2013
The family Oestridae includes bot flies and warble flies. They are dipterans, making them taxonomically flies despite the adults looking much like bees. While adults of this species do not feed and have vestigial or absent mouth parts, their larvae are all mammal parasites (sometimes even to humans!). Some adult females lay their eggs in the nostrils or on the hair of the host and the larvae burrow into its skin. When the larvae are fully grown, they are sneezed out or will chew their way out of the host and pupate in soil.
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The family Oestridae includes bot flies and warble flies. They are dipterans, making them taxonomically flies despite the adults looking much like bees. While adults of this species do not feed and have vestigial or absent mouth parts, their larvae are all mammal parasites (sometimes even to humans!). Some adult females lay their eggs in the nostrils or on the hair of the host and the larvae burrow into its skin. When the larvae are fully grown, they are sneezed out or will chew their way out of the host and pupate in soil.

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6th May 2013
A cicada of the genus Magicicada, which are known for their long life-cycles and 17-year emergence pattern. This year will mark the 17th year in the life-cycle of a large generation (Brood II), meaning the north eastern coast of the US will see swarms of these beauties and be overcome by the cacophony of their mating calls through the late spring and summer. Next summer, the midwest will see the emergence of Brood III. This phenomenon has been affectionately referred to as cicadapocalypse.
Despite being large and ominous-looking, cicadas are entirely harmless. They neither bite nor sting and they aren’t excessively destructive to vegetation or infrastructure.
Photo © Richard Leung

A cicada of the genus Magicicada, which are known for their long life-cycles and 17-year emergence pattern. This year will mark the 17th year in the life-cycle of a large generation (Brood II), meaning the north eastern coast of the US will see swarms of these beauties and be overcome by the cacophony of their mating calls through the late spring and summer. Next summer, the midwest will see the emergence of Brood III. This phenomenon has been affectionately referred to as cicadapocalypse.

Despite being large and ominous-looking, cicadas are entirely harmless. They neither bite nor sting and they aren’t excessively destructive to vegetation or infrastructure.

Photo © Richard Leung

22nd February 2013
Insects from the family Fulgoridae are often collectively referred to as lantern bugs. They belong to the order Hemiptera, which encompasses all true bugs. Fulgorids—especially those from the tropics—are known for their oblong heads. These insects typically rest and feed during the day and fly at night. When Fulgorids lay their eggs, they also exude a frothy secretion which hardens around the eggs to protect them.A wart-headed bug (Phrictus quinquepartitus) is shown above.
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Insects from the family Fulgoridae are often collectively referred to as lantern bugs. They belong to the order Hemiptera, which encompasses all true bugs. Fulgorids—especially those from the tropics—are known for their oblong heads. These insects typically rest and feed during the day and fly at night. When Fulgorids lay their eggs, they also exude a frothy secretion which hardens around the eggs to protect them.
A wart-headed bug (Phrictus quinquepartitus) is shown above.

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21st January 2012

If I were a fly, I would be the one that fails to reproduce by the time my life cycle is up.


I am Ashley, an incredibly introverted 21-year-old environmental enthusiast.
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