Insect and Bug ID forum: Swiss Chard Attracting Specific Bug

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Name: Dnd
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DogsNDaylilies
Aug 26, 2015 9:47 PM CST
I was in my garden and noticed an extremely potent, honey-like smell and discovered it was coming from my white Swiss chard that I let go to seed. Apparently that scent attracts a very particular type of insect because it was covered in dozens, maybe even hundreds of them...and only them. Even the bees were leaving it alone (although I watched a honey bee nearby attack a yellow jacket repeatedly for going near *it's* broccoli flowers).

Here are pictures of the unknown bugs:

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JRsbugs
Aug 28, 2015 9:23 AM CST
It's a fly in the family Sciaridae, impossible to say which.

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Name: Dnd
SE Michigan (Zone 6a)
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DogsNDaylilies
Aug 28, 2015 8:14 PM CST
A fly? Interesting. Not what I would have expected. Thank you for the lead...if I have extra time in the next few days, I might try to research more about flies in the family Sciaridae and find out if any have a particular affinity for Swiss chard because they pretty much ignored everything else in my garden (broccoli that bolted, poppies, carnations, leaves of other veggies, squash blossoms, etc...)

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