[NAFEX] Disguised fly
jfruth at tds.net
Wed Feb 18 10:41:08 EST 2009
Do we have any entomologists in the group?
In September, my patch of Fall bearing red raspberries is visited by
droves of a fly that resembles a Yellow Jacket. It is obviously a fly by
the wing structure and it is about twice as large as a House Fly. It
competes with Yellow Jackets in feeding on ripe fruits. Unlike Yellow
Jackets, it doesn't sting. It is a pest by its very presence in the berry
patch because, before I reach to pick a berry, I have to look to be sure I
won't be grabbing hold of a Yellow Jacket. In other words, it is a pest
because it slows the pick.
Do any of you have this fly? What is it? Is there a way to get rid of
it? Obviously, I can't spray because I'd contaminate the fruit.
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