What's in the compost heap this week?
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.
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.
Sometimes you just get lucky.
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.