The Bloodsuckers Have Arrived

mating deer flies

These aren’t the ones I saw the other day, but rest assured, the deer flies (subfamily Chrysopsinae) are here and with more on their way. I suppose the one good thing about the cool (soon to be cool and rainy) weather is, it is probably suppressing these relentless beasts. This photo is a couple years old: a mating pair was hiding under a leaf near the parsley patch (maybe on a radish or chard leaf). It’s hard to see it from this angle, but the eyes of the males (i.e. the non-bloodsuckers) come together while the females’ eyes have a space between them. This is common among many flies (DIptera), possibly the majority, though I’m not sure of that. Anyway…here come the (bug) villains.

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