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 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.

 

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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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