It amazes me how rainy weather makes the insects disappear. Sure their wings get wet and makes flying a chore when their wings get stuck together, but they gotta eat right?
After all, if your life is pretty much dependent on the environment it makes it hard to exist for very long if you can’t get out for food. I was out in the garden looking for sleeping bees hiding under leaves and not one bee was found. A few carpenter bees were flying around, but the usual crowd was hunkered down somewhere in the flowers. So where are all the insects?
In short, it depends on the insect which ones are out in the rain. Some wait for the storm to pass, some never leave their hives or home, and some just dodge the raindrops. So what did I find? A bunch of flies! Seems the flies don’t mind a few raindrops.
We have been getting a lot of rain lately and am wondering if an ark might be a building project to start. Glad for the rain, so no complaining here.
My most searched post on GWGT right now is The Purpose of Flies and Art of the Fly. Why do sooooo many people want to know about flies? In a way, I kinda like that people want to know the ecological purpose of flies since they do have some useful qualities.
There are a lot of kinds of flies too, and I can’t identify many. So many look similar, so it takes an entomologist to get them right. At least I can photograph them…
Just to note, rain does wash away pollen, making dry weather better for foraging. Rain rehydrates plants and then they make more nectar for those dry-day food runs. Rain also is especially a turn-off for little insects that might get washed away, except mosquitos. They evolved in rainy climates, so they happily buzz around. Bummer. I got bit when I was out on insect hunt. Pesky mosquitos. They are tiny flies that have their purpose too. Did you know that?