Thread subject: :: Muscid blowing red bubble

Posted by jck on 10-08-2023 19:44

Can anyone ID this fly? Limnophora, maybe? Also, does anyone know why this bubble is bright red? Seen today - 10 August, 2023 - in Scotland.


Posted by jck on 10-08-2023 19:44


Posted by John Carr on 10-08-2023 22:37

I don't have an answer to either question, but I am reminded of a story about a hive of honey bees in New York City who discovered a factory making maraschino cherries. They drank the red juice and came home to make red honey.

Posted by jck on 10-08-2023 23:28

There is also a famous story about bees in France which produced honey of a variety of colours, much to everyone's consternation. It transpired that they were using the waste from the manufacture of M & Ms at a local factory. If you look it up online, there's a good photo of a multicolour honeycomb.


Edited by jck on 10-08-2023 23:29

Posted by jck on 17-09-2023 17:38

Can anyone help further?


Posted by Nikita Vikhrev on 18-09-2023 22:20

I'd say it is female of Hydrotaea

Posted by jck on 19-09-2023 10:24

Thank you, Nikita.