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Seasonal complaint

Every year there's a sudden drop off of visible biodiversity in the North, as cold weather arrives and many of the insects disappear. This year was especially hard on me, as I spent one of the last weeks of the summer in Florida, where insects and spiders and large wading birds and giant reptiles are loose everywhere, all the time as far as I know. Then I came back to Boston on a change of weather day--everyone in Boston thought it was pretty cold compared to the day before, but it was like a 30 degree drop for me. I looked around my yard and it looked like I'd been away for months: the grass was brown, all the sunflowers had come and gone, the perennials and wildflowers had all gone to seed.

I just posted this on tumblr, with a mopey caption:
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It's terribly blurry, but the wing veins are nice and visible, in case any entomologists want to identify it. I know it's a carrion fly but beyond that who knows?

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badnoodles
Sep. 24th, 2014 01:36 pm (UTC)
Lucilia sericata, in all likelihood.
urbpan
Sep. 24th, 2014 03:15 pm (UTC)
<3
badnoodles
Sep. 24th, 2014 07:03 pm (UTC)
As much as you know about insects and ecology in general, have you ever thought about doing an entomological certification like ACE?
urbpan
Sep. 24th, 2014 10:15 pm (UTC)
Yes, actually. Do you think the benefits of ACE certification would outweigh the expense for me?
m0053
Sep. 27th, 2014 05:21 am (UTC)
I always get a little sad when fall promises a decline in diversity. Of course in NC I can't complain TOO much.
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