Bombylius major: Celero

Bee flies might be mistaken for large, fuzzy mosquitoes because of the long proboscis, but it is for sipping nectar, not blood. These flies are very good at hovering, which reinforces their resemblance to bees. They forage on spring flowers, such as lilac and plum blossoms, and help control wasp and solitary bee populations by laying their eggs at the entrance of underground nests. After hatching, the larvae find their way into the nests to feed on the larvae. CeleroRead more

Musca domestica: Francisco

To offer a respectful nod to the benefits of flies, the artist reminds us through this work that insects–including the lowly house fly–are worthy of our utmost and deepest appreciation. As it turns out, the use of pesticides designed to kill this and other insects is actually causing more damage to the ecosystem than the flies themselves. Without them, we’d be instantly neck-deep in piles of detritus and dead matter. Francisco is elaborately adorned so as to distract the common swatter. He willRead more