sarcophagidae

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Peckia Flesh Fly? on a fallen palm frond
Peckia sp.

Magens Bay, St. Thomas, United States, 2014
Magens Bay

Day of the Dead

With the black body, striped with pale white, and bright red eyes, this little guy kind of reminds me of one of Sylvia Ji’s catrinas. Okay, maybe that’s a bit of a stretch. Oh well.

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280 days of Urbpandemonium #183

The flesh flies (family Sarcophagidae*) are a fairly distinctive group of true flies associated with dead animals. Many, but not all, place their young on carcasses to eat the decaying flesh–flies in this group are useful for forensics. Other Sarcophagid maggots are parasitic on other invertebrates, and at least one specializes on the nests of turtles. All are placed directly at their food source by a female who has carried her eggs inside her until they hatch. Adults might snack on the juices of the dead, but also like sweet treats like flower nectar and aphid honeydew.

*Flesh eating family

beauty is a conscious experience

a trillion burning suns that don’t
support life looking magnificent from
a distant past

beauty is a human construct

the stillness of 4 am on a Tuesday
morning is not the best time to
contemplate the survivability
of a flesh wound

you are the amorphophallus titanum
to my sarcophagidae

you are the angraecum sesquipedale
to my xanthopan morgani

beauty is to evolution
what weight gain is to Aripiprazole

a side effect

music from a dead composer
and dead musicians healing a freshly
wounded soul

I have memories of us
that still keep me
warm