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Bug of the Week: Thirsty Fly

The little leaf cordia (Cordia parvifolia) is covered with white blooms right now.

They attract quite a few flying insects.

Wonder why this fly is sitting on a leaf rather than a flower.

Most of the leaves are dry and slightly fuzzy.

However, some of the leaves are dripping with nectar, which seems to be coming out of glands near the petiole.

Flies have a mouth like a sponge which they use to sop up liquids like nectar.

The little leaf cordia is a visual treat for humans and a sweet treat for insects.

 

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