Anyway, it is good timing, as I am covered in mosquito bites right now after being eaten alive on a 20 km hike. I’m terribly allergic to mosquitoes, sadly, and I have several bites that swelled to the size of chicken eggs (I occasionally get one the size of a goose egg, but it is less common). While I miserably try not to scratch my bites, I thought I would try to remember some good things about the order Diptera (to which mozzies and other flies belong), instead of wishing the vast diversity of flies to vanish off the Earth (which would actually be terrible, but you know how it is when you are covered in mozzie bites).
There were also some excellent fly posts over at Garden Walk, Garden Talk this week, so check them out (one and two)! Or you could visit the great insect photographer Mark Berkery to see his amazing photos.
Or, you know, you could…maybe…hang out with me here…?
I tend to not appreciate flies enough. They are all hairy and bristley under the microscope, and I don’t think they are nearly as pretty as Hymenopterans (bees, ants, and wasps), to which I have a clear bias.
Aw, I guess I’m coming around after all!