Flies – Diptera Pictures & Bio

Diptera means two wings; di = two, ptera = wings. Flies do very well with their single pair of fore wings. The hind pair are often reduced to a couple of knob-like balance organs.

Bee Fly
Bee flies are well adapted to feeding on the nectar reserves of flowers
Shore Flies
These brine flies are found in the millions along the shores of Mono Lake in Northern California.
Crane Fly
Crane fly adults only live for a couple of days and do not usually feed. Their larval stages are usually aquatic.
Robber Fly
Robber flies are not to be trifled with. Capable of immobilizing bees, wasps and other insects larger than itself, robberflies catch their prey in mid air.
Dung Fly
This Brazilian dung fly was close to its egg laying goal after locating dropping on the forest floor.
Blow Fly
Flies are an extremely diverse group of insects and have adapted to exploit numerous environments.
Tiger Mosquito Aedes albopictus
This mosquito and a related species serve as a vector for Dengue fever virus. Mosquito larvae are aquatic, feeding on algae and organic debris.