Some people think that flies are pesky too, but other than ineffectively swatting at an importune muscid or calliphorid we try to get along with the higher Diptera.
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Summer Flies & My Favourite Weed
One plant that won’t pay much attention to the Frost Monster will be my favourite weed: the thallus forming liverwort Marchantia polymorpha Linnaeus. Many liverworts look much like the mosses with which they used to be grouped, but marchantia looks more like a lurid green lichen with tentacles (females) or parasols (males) than your typical bryophyte. It does well on wet soil and may annoy greenhouse owners and some gardeners.
I suppose if I were trying to grow ferns but all I ended up with was more marchantia, then I might be annoyed too. As it is, I chop it up when it is in the way and try to appreciate it when it is growing in some more appropriate space, like around the base of the bird bath.
Flies will likely be the first active insects next spring, so I think I’ll say goodbye to summer by revisiting some of the smaller and more interesting flies of the year.