Fruit flies

I have an orange tree in my yard which normally produces really good juice oranges.  This year, I’m not going to get much of a crop because the fruit is splitting and the flies are getting all that good sweet juice before they are really ripe.  Part of this comes from a lack of rain early in the season followed by a lot of rain recently.  Yesterday, I found two types sharing the wealth.

The red eyed ones are called Vinegar Flies – Zaprionus indianus according to the answers I got from when I asked for help.  I’m not sure of the one with the striped wings.  In fact, it actually looks like a bee but, a very small one if that is the case.

Here are a couple more views of the same subjects.     The vinegar flies were actually burrowing deep into the orange while the striped wing one was content to drink juice from the surface.



About birds n' bugs

Retired, living in SW Florida and spending my time at nature photography in my local area. I volunteer with a couple of local organizations to help my adopted home town. Travelling is now by airplane and car instead of a sailboat but happy anyway.
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