The balcony observer's 278th report- Uninvited guests, flesh flies (Sarcophagidae) 5/6 不速之客 肉蠅

by Tsao T-F September. 22, 2020 160 views

【Uninvited guests, flesh flies (Sarcophagidae) 5/6 不速之客,肉蠅】

This morning, a group of uninvited guests suddenly appeared on the three-tier shelf. Mamma Mia! They were flesh flies.

這天早上,就在三層架上,突然冒出一群不速之客。媽媽咪呀!牠們是肉蠅。

A group of uninvited guests suddenly appeared on the three-tier shelf where the watering pitcher was placed on my balcony in Taichung, Taiwan. 就在陽台放澆水壺的三層架上,突然冒出一群不速之客。

A group of uninvited guests suddenly appeared on the three-tier shelf where the watering pitcher was placed on my balcony in Taichung, Taiwan. 就在陽台放澆水壺的三層架上,突然冒出一群不速之客。

They were like playing an outdoors counting game "“What's the time Mr Wolf?". A whole group sometimes crawled forward and sometimes stood still. 牠們像在玩123木頭人遊戲般。一整群時而往前爬,時而靜止不動.

They were like playing an outdoors counting game "“What's the time Mr Wolf?". A whole group sometimes crawled forward and sometimes stood still. 牠們像在玩123木頭人遊戲般。一整群時而往前爬,時而靜止不動.

I quickly removed the towel to check. Yes, I discovered a new nest of the leafcutting bee again. 我趕緊移開毛巾檢查。真的,我又新發現一個切葉蜂的巢。

I quickly removed the towel to check. Yes, I discovered a new nest of the leafcutting bee again. 我趕緊移開毛巾檢查。真的,我又新發現一個切葉蜂的巢。

This is another honeycomb made of leaves.  But this one is different from before: this nest looks a bit wet, which is not a good phenomenon.  Maybe this is why flesh flies appeared on the balcony. 這又是一個用葉子捲成的蜂巢。但這個與之前不一樣的是:這個巢看起來有點潮濕,這不是好現像。說不定這就是肉蠅現身陽台的原因。

This is another honeycomb made of leaves. But this one is different from before: this nest looks a bit wet, which is not a good phenomenon. Maybe this is why flesh flies appeared on the balcony. 這又是一個用葉子捲成的蜂巢。但這個與之前不一樣的是:這個巢看起來有點潮濕,這不是好現像。說不定這就是肉蠅現身陽台的原因。

The conspicuous red compound eyes are the feature of flies. 顯眼的紅色複眼是蒼蠅的特徵。

The conspicuous red compound eyes are the feature of flies. 顯眼的紅色複眼是蒼蠅的特徵。

The longitudinal dark stripes on the chest and dark and light square dots on the abdomen are characteristic of a flesh fly (Sarcophagidae). Maybe they belong to subfamily Miltogramminae. 胸部的縱向深色條紋和腹部的深色和淺色方形圓點的圖案是肉蠅的特徵。也許牠們屬於蜂麻蠅(Miltogramminae)亞科。

The longitudinal dark stripes on the chest and dark and light square dots on the abdomen are characteristic of a flesh fly (Sarcophagidae). Maybe they belong to subfamily Miltogramminae. 胸部的縱向深色條紋和腹部的深色和淺色方形圓點的圖案是肉蠅的特徵。也許牠們屬於蜂麻蠅(Miltogramminae)亞科。

They can't fly yet, probably because they just emerged from pupae. I moved one of the flesh flies to the leaf destroyed by the leafcutting bee, and took a few photos as mementos. 牠們還不會飛,應該是因為剛剛才破蛹的原因。我把其中一隻肉蠅挪到被切葉蜂破壞過的葉子上,拍了幾張照片留做紀念。

They can't fly yet, probably because they just emerged from pupae. I moved one of the flesh flies to the leaf destroyed by the leafcutting bee, and took a few photos as mementos. 牠們還不會飛,應該是因為剛剛才破蛹的原因。我把其中一隻肉蠅挪到被切葉蜂破壞過的葉子上,拍了幾張照片留做紀念。

The nest of the leafcutting bee looks a little wet. Has it been contaminated by flesh flies?

切葉蜂的巢看起來有點潮濕。它真的已經被肉蠅汙染了嗎?

to be continued... (未完待續...)

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Buster Bruce 3 weeks, 5 days ago

Wow what eyes that fellow has

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Tsao T-F Replied to Buster Bruce 3 weeks, 3 days ago

Thanks, Buster.

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Antonio Gil 3 weeks, 6 days ago

Life never stops around you my friend

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Tsao T-F Replied to Antonio Gil 3 weeks, 3 days ago

Wow, love your sweet saying. You are a wonderful songster / poet.smile

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Rabino Kuerbovich 3 weeks, 6 days ago

Thank you very much for bringing in some mistery into the balcony! Curious to read the following part...

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Tsao T-F Replied to Rabino Kuerbovich 3 weeks, 3 days ago

Glad you like this mystery my friend, Rabino. The next report is coming soon...smile

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Gethin Thomas 3 weeks, 6 days ago

This post has made me start to itch all over. Interesting but unsettling too.

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Tsao T-F Replied to Gethin Thomas 3 weeks, 3 days ago

Thanks for the feedback, Gethin. Ha Ha, I am sorry to let you itch!

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Camellia Staab 3 weeks, 6 days ago

Another learning day. Suddenly I feel so sheltered and lack ton of knowledge. I had never heard of flesh flies. To me flies were flies; pests. Although, we have horse flies here which are just a large size of the regular flies but nevertheless flies. I did go read about flesh flies to have a better understanding. Another interesting and educational post. Will wait to see if the flesh flies have gotten to the bees, finger crossed, they have not.

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Tsao T-F Replied to Camellia Staab 3 weeks, 3 days ago

You are very diligent and have read a lot of information. I think you already know the direction of my next report.pray
I am just like you, flies are flies. I don't like this pest. However, because of the observation this time, I checked the information to understand the classification of flies. And read about forensic entomology using flies to handle cases. It is said that insects mostly involved in the forensic investigations are true flies or Diptera. The predominant species in this order are Calliphoridae (blow flies), Sarcophagidae (flesh flies) and Muscidae (house flies).hammer
The use of insects in forensic
investigations: An overview on the scope of forensic entomology. J Forensic
Dent Sci. 2011 Jul-Dec; 3(2): 89–91. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3296382/#__ffn_sectitle

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Jay Boggess 4 weeks ago

Always something different to report! Great shots and fascinating commentary. I’ll be looking forward to the next episode!
Thanks for sharing the latest!!!
Never a dull moment!
👍😃👍

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Tsao T-F Replied to Jay Boggess 3 weeks, 3 days ago

Love your saying "Never a dull moment!". Thanks, Jay.smile

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