At any rate, I lost a couple hours in a patch of grass and weeds yesterday at Island View Beach. I headed south from the boat launch and eventually popped up onto the quite possibly private laneway. There was a band of vegetation largely consisting of Common Vetch (Vicia sativa) and Spotted Medic (Medicago arabica) that I stalked through rather meticulously.
The sun continued to lower and the light got duller and I decided to make a couple last meanders. On one of these meanders, I spotted a little fly that had the most intricate pattern I have ever seen. I only managed a couple photos and you will see what I mean about the shallow depth of field on them. Still, you can certainly get a sense of how intricate the pattern is on the fly. Janean managed to put me in the right area for the identification and I further narrowed it. It is a fruit fly in the genus Paracantha, which I have a feeling only has one representative locally: P. culta. I will amend this if I find out there are more species and it can't be identified. In the mean time, enjoy this outrageous fly and maybe it'll inspire you to refine your search image to a finer scale every once in a while.
|Even the eyes on Paracantha culta are patterned - ridiculous!|
|Look at those wings - truly amazing!|