This week’s posts are in response to the WordPress photo challenge on the theme of ‘transient.’
This little scene could be considered transient on three counts. First is the fact that this is a mango that has fallen from the tree. In the life cycle of a mango, it’s a very short interval between ripening on the tree and rotting on the ground. Second, this mango has clearly been chewed over by one of the transient wild pigs that pass through from time to time, more so during mango season. And third, these fruit flies won’t be around long either, having a lifespan in the region of 30 days.
This fruit fly, also called the vinegar fly, is probably Zaprionus ghesquierei, an invasive species known to have reached Hawaii. Zaprionus indianus also looks like this, but hasn’t been seen in Hawaii yet, as far as I know.
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Mango may come and mango may go, but fruit flies go on flying for ever? There seem to be some interesting different species of fly or beetle with them. A popular fruit.
I think the larger ones are a different kind of fruit fly, not sure which kind though. Mango season is is a big hit with everything from bugs to wild pigs, It’s tailing off now, just a few left on the tree.
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A striking photo, but I couldn’t look at it too long, as it made my skin crawl!!! 🙂
I know what you mean, but I have to say the more I watch bugs, the more interesting I find them. Thanks for being brave and taking a look!
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