I was a little suprised recently as I was rabbiting on to an avid bird watcher about the joys of macrophotography and flies in particular when she said “what good are flies?” Well, did that get me started?! From clearing up debris, to pollination, there is no end to the beneficial services provided by flies. So here is some recent evidence, especially about pollination, given the season.
A close look at the beautiful Bendigo Wax Flowers in our front yard shows the first tiny Diptera (meaning two wings, as flies only have 2 wings, unlike other flying insects) for this post. This little one is only about 4mm long.
Fly on Bendigo Wax Flower #1
Fly on Bendigo Wax Flower #2
Fly on Bendigo Wax Flower #3
Tiny flies – gnats perhaps – have also been pollinating Gold Dust Wattles (Acacia acinaceae)
Gnat on Gold Dust Wattle
The beautiful Gold Dust Wattles are also pollinated by a variety of Hoverfly species.
Golden Blowflies also do their share and look, to my eye at least, quite lovely.
The introduced Bathurst Burr Fly is another pollinator around at present.
Bathurst Burr Fly (Euaresta sp)
Aside from pollination, Striated Pardalotes (Pardalotus striatus) also think flies are great! This shot from a few years ago.
Striated Pardalote with Dipteran dinner for the little ones
Of course, flies aren’t the only invertebrates around at the moment.
And a tiny beetle <2mm long on a Hardenbergia.