To Be a Fly on Friday, What a Day!

To be a fly on Friday, what a day!

Entomologists who came up with "Friday Fly Day" are having a lot of fun posting images on social media of flies on Friday.

If you access WikiHow, "What to Do on a Friday Night," you'll find all kinds of suggestions. For instance:

  • Watch a movie  (that's do-able)
  • Challenge friends to a game night (does anybody play games any more?)
  • Treat yourself to a spa at home (a spa?)
  • Give yourself a makeover (a what?)
  • Cook a nice meal (how nice is nice?)
  • Treat yourself to cocktail (some of us prefer coffee or water)
  • Read a book or a magazine (did that, already)
  • Start a new hobby (who has the time? Other hobbies are failing)
  • Pamper your pet (he's already pampered; he has his own Facebook page, Vito and His Friends)
  • Throw a karaoke or dance party (the neighbors would not like that)
  • Work on an artistic or crafty project (some of us are crafty but not artistic)
  • Start a bonfire (not in California!)
  • Do something physically active (stationary bikes are good)
  • and on and on and on....

Nowhere, but nowhere, does it say to take an image of a fly on Friday. 

It doesn't have to be a fly on a wall. It can be a fly on a flower. But it has to be a fly on a Friday. 

This one is a syrphid fly, aka flower fly or hover fly (and often mistaken for a honey bee) foraging on a blanket flower, or Gaillardia. 

Gaillardia, a genus in the sunflower family, Asteraceae, is named for an 18th century French magistrate/botanist, Maître Gaillard de Charentonneau.

Maître Gaillard de Charentonneau, no doubt, never observed Friday Fly Day but being a botanist, he probably loved pollinators. 

Cheers to a syrphid fly on "his" flower. (Well, it is a pollinator)