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 BugGuide.net 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.