09.01.2020 Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear, Harry was a fly

If you were expecting a bear, sorry to disappoint.  But if you thought it was a fly, well a fly I can do. Another Tachinid Fly actually.

Last night to end the month I went out in the yard and found this cool hairy fly.

Tomato Bristle Fly-Hystricia abrupta. Lots of hairy creepy insects lately.  Maybe a butterfly will visit our late summer flowers one of these days. These Tachinidae eat the larvae of some Tiger Moths which is too bad as they are quite attractive. One might think they ate tomatoes but I guess they just look like one.

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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19 Responses to 09.01.2020 Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear, Harry was a fly

  1. bluebrightly says:

    Well, it doesn’t look like any of the tomatoes I eat! But what a cool fly, really interesting. Thanks for always being on the lookout, Steve.

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  2. Your fly reminded me of this:

    “She asks me why
    I’m just a hairy guy.
    I’m hairy noon and night,
    Hair that’s a fright.
    I’m hairy high and low,
    Don’t ask me why,
    Don’t know.
    It’s not for lack of bread
    Like the Grateful Dead,

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  3. That is one fuzzy wuzzy fly you have there, Steve! Great shot!

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  4. Ann Mackay says:

    That is one hairy fly, hehe! Now you will have flies, as well as frogs lining up to have their portraits taken…could be chaos if it’s the same queue!

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  5. krikitarts says:

    This is really a strange one, for sure. It looks like there was some hedgehog blood somewhere back in its ancestry (or maybe sea urchin, except that they don’t have blood).

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  6. Todd Henson says:

    So many different fly’s out there, each with their own unique looks. I wonder if all the hair makes them a little less appetizing to some predator. Who like the feel of lots of bristly hair in their mouth? 🙂

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    • I would think they would be a bit scratchy on the way down. Maybe those hairs help with pollination as they go from flower to flower. I don’t know if they are species specific as they gather pollen while feeding on the nectar.


  7. melissabluefineart says:

    Good Lord, just look at all those hairs! I can’t believe that. I shall look at flies with even more suspicion from now on!

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  8. melissabluefineart says:

    You mean, like RBG? 🙂

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