Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Flies that might have come from the Garden of Earthly Delights

I'm sure I've seen some of the flies below amongst the nightmare monsters in a Hieronymus Bosch's  Garden of Earthly Delights .......

You know the painting?

By Hieronymus Bosch (circa 1450–1516) - Galería online, Museo del Prado., Public Domain,

A vision of hell, with all sorts of weird creatures from the medieval imagination, like this .....

... and this .......

... so some of these would fit in well in this improbably bestiary

Empid fly Empis digramma. Preys on other flies using those piercing, downward-pointing mouthparts

Snipe-fly Rhagio scolopaceus. rests head-down, then catches other flies in mid-air

Snipe-fly eyes

Scorpion-fly Panorpa germanica



Photographed along a short stretch of riverbank at Wolsingham in Weardale

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