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What's in the compost heap this week?

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Flies,

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and more flies.

Any idea what kind they are?

Typically a well-managed compost heap shouldn't have flies. This time of year, however, I try to grow these small flies because the nesting hummingbirds love them.

We've had a lot of rain in Arizona lately, which makes it a great year for crane flies.

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Crane flies look like huge mosquitoes, but they are actually fragile giants. For more information and a peek at the larvae, check this previous post.

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Sometimes you just get lucky.

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Last week I showed you the larva of an Arizona species of flower fly (Syrphidae). Today I found two adults feeding on desert marigold and brittlebush.

Everything is blooming right now.

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