Tucson Based Center for Biological Diversity Sues To Protect Giant Flower Loving Fly

The giant flower-loving fly was first iconsidered being in need of federal protection by the US Forest Service in 1991.

The Center for Biological Diversity is expected to spend millions on legal fees to protect an insect whose value is in dispute. The San Joaquin Valley giant flower-loving fly was first considered for protection in 1991.

After 27 years, the U.S.Forest Service still can’t find a reason to protect this insect.

The Center for Biological Diversity filed a lawsuit, last week charging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service with unlawful delay in deciding whether to extend Endangered Species Act protection to the San Joaquin Valley giant flower-loving fly.

The hummingbird-like fly has been extirpated from more than 99 percent of its former range, with only one remaining population about 15 miles east of Bakersfield, where it is under immediate threat of extinction from sand mining. There may be just a few hundred left.

“The San Joaquin Valley giant flower-loving fly is a unique animal. It deserves our help,” said Chris Nagano, a Center biologist. “This amazing creature will go extinct in the near future unless it receives the habitat protection and recovery efforts of the Endangered Species Act.

The San Joaquin giant flower-loving fly acts like a stealth fighter jet. It can hover in mid-air and then instantly fly away at speeds difficult for the human eye to follow. Detailed studies of the high-speed, aerobatic flight and the structure of the eyes of a related fly led to advances in the U.S. Air Force’s missile-tracking systems.

The huge insect is close in size to a small hummingbird, with a 1.5-inch body and long proboscis, or tongue. The species plays a critical role in its sand dune ecosystem, serving as food for birds and other predators and feeding on other invertebrates during its early stages. Surprisingly, the extremely active adults have never been observed feeding.

“The San Joaquin Valley giant flower-loving fly is one of a number of insects in the United States that are in imminent danger of extinction,” claims Nagano. “Many of them play key roles in their ecosystems, such as pollination or food for other animals, and their loss may have far-reaching impacts on people.t

7 Comments on "Tucson Based Center for Biological Diversity Sues To Protect Giant Flower Loving Fly"

  1. Where can I get some fly spray and use it on the CBD? How many hundreds of thousands of dollars will this scheme cost us. Thanks Suckling, you ass.

  2. Our taxpayer monies doled out by non elected bureaucrats.

  3. Mike Putfus | May 14, 2018 at 7:08 am |

    Can’t wait till deadly spiders face extinction.

  4. The Delhi Sands flower-loving fly is in the same genus.
    See description: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delhi_Sands_flower-loving_fly
    It seems there are more of these critters than CBD lets on.

  5. The Oracle of Tucson | May 14, 2018 at 8:52 am |

    So the Center for Biological Diversity now hates sand mining and will waste millions of public funds in their efforts to abuse the courts to steal the ownership, access and use of someone else’s property.
    IMHO: The Center for Biological Diversity has become little more then a court savvy domestic terrorist organization who steals land from not just its rightful owners but the public as well.

    The Oracle

  6. I appreciate this unique animal-insect. There is however another unique animal I consider far more endangered. So far this year we have slaughtered four hundred and for thousand,(404000) of them, that’a about 3000 a day. Why? The mother didn’t want one.

  7. Extinction is natural in evolution.

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