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Freeloader Flies on Friday Fly Day

Have you ever seen a freeloader fly trying to sneak a meal? Since it's Friday Fly Day--and the best things in life are free, aren't they?--it's time...

A praying mantis and freeloader flies dining on a honey bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A praying mantis and freeloader flies dining on a honey bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A praying mantis and freeloader flies dining on a honey bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up of a freeloader fly, family Milichiidae, probably genus Desmometopa. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Close-up of a freeloader fly, family Milichiidae, probably genus Desmometopa. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up of a freeloader fly, family Milichiidae, probably genus Desmometopa. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Freeloader flies invite themselves to dinner--a spider's dinner. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Freeloader flies invite themselves to dinner--a spider's dinner. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Freeloader flies invite themselves to dinner--a spider's dinner. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, September 9, 2022 at 3:03 PM
Focus Area Tags: Environment, Yard & Garden

Catch of the Day

It's early morning and the spider is hungry.  It snares a honey bee foraging for pollen and nectar in a patch of Mexican sunflowers...

An orbweaver snares a honey bee in its sticky web in a patch of Mexican sunflowers, Tithonia rotundifola, in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
An orbweaver snares a honey bee in its sticky web in a patch of Mexican sunflowers, Tithonia rotundifola, in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

An orbweaver snares a honey bee in its sticky web in a patch of Mexican sunflowers, Tithonia rotundifola, in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Tiny freeloader flies (family Milichiidae) grab their share. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Tiny freeloader flies (family Milichiidae) grab their share. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Tiny freeloader flies (family Milichiidae) grab their share. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, July 7, 2021 at 4:24 PM
Focus Area Tags: Environment, Innovation, Natural Resources, Yard & Garden

Pity the Poor Honey Bees

Pity the poor honey bees.  They have to contend with pesticides, parasites, pests, diseases,  malnutrition, stress and that...

Freeloader flies, from family Milichiidae, crowd the carcass of a honey bee trapped in a web. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Freeloader flies, from family Milichiidae, crowd the carcass of a honey bee trapped in a web. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Freeloader flies, from family Milichiidae, crowd the carcass of a honey bee trapped in a web. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at 4:56 PM
Tags: Desmometopa (2), freeloader flies (5), honey bee (229), Milichiidae (5), spider (21), web (5)

Freeloaders Never Miss a Meal

If your dog is well, a little chunky, you're probably accustomed to someone saying "Fido never misses a meal, does he?"  Well, those little...

A banded garden spider (Argiope trifasciata) wraps a bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A banded garden spider (Argiope trifasciata) wraps a bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A banded garden spider (Argiope trifasciata) wraps a bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Freeloader flies, family Milichildae, gather around the abandoned prey. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Freeloader flies, family Milichildae, gather around the abandoned prey. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Freeloader flies, family Milichildae, gather around the abandoned prey. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up of freeloader flies on a bee wrapped by a banded garden spider. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Close-up of freeloader flies on a bee wrapped by a banded garden spider. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up of freeloader flies on a bee wrapped by a banded garden spider. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at 7:26 PM

Brother, Can You Spare a Meal?

A freeloader. A moocher. A sponger. That's the freeloader fly. A praying mantis is polishing off the remains of a honey bee. Suddenly a black dot...

Praying mantis eats a honey bee while a freeloader fly, family Milichilidae, does, too. Another freeloader edges closer. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Praying mantis eats a honey bee while a freeloader fly, family Milichilidae, does, too. Another freeloader edges closer. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Praying mantis eats a honey bee while a freeloader fly, family Milichilidae, does, too. Another freeloader edges closer. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The freeloader fly is quite persistent. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The freeloader fly is quite persistent. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The freeloader fly is quite persistent. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 5:59 PM

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