Location:  Mt Washington, Los Angeles, California
October 10, 2011
When Daniel arrived at the What’s That Bug? offices after a long day at work, this Mexican Cactus Fly was buzzing loudly at the porch light.  This elusive fly does not like to sit still in the garden, and Daniel has never been successful at getting a photo of a living specimen.  He quickly snatched this one and chilled it for a photo opportunity.  The incandescent lights and ungainly position of the Mexican Cactus Fly don’t really make the most attractive photo, but at least there is a photo to post of this skittish species.  According to BugGuide:  “Larvae feed on rotting cactus. Adults feed on nectar from various flowers.”

Cactus Fly

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