This is the third post documenting and roughly grouping nearly 50 species of insects and spiders that have been visiting a cluster of seven boneset plants in my backyard.
No other wildflower in my backyard, with the possible exception of the meadow rue that bloomed earlier in the season, has attracted anywhere near the variety and sheer numbers of species that this unassuming boneset has.
Again, the grouping of all these insects together is based on a guess as to what constitutes a fly. If all of these nine photos are of different species, then the species count rises to 29.
Update, August 30, 2009: Thanks to Keith Bayless, who provided latin names for many of these insects (see comment section)
First photo: Tachinidae: Trichopoda pennipes?
2 Calliphoridae: Lucilia? sp.
3 Muscidae: Coenosia?
6 Dolichopodidae: Condylostylus
7 Hymenoptera: Halictidae: Augochlorini
8 Hymenoptera: Halictidae: Augochlorini
9 Calliphoridae: Pollenia?