Eristalis tenax

An early flying Common Drone Fly (Eristalis tenax). An introduced species. A bee mimic. Their flight season is long, from mid-March to mid-November, but this was the only one seen this day a week ago.

Spring’s solace is dependent upon the winter, the bright awakening from cold and dormancy, the “green fuse” lit amidst the snow and muddy melt. We hardly had winter. It’s an early spring this year. Spring will always be early from now on. Until one day, only those who think early is normal will be around, and then early springs won’t be “early” any more.

There is nothing like a pandemic to reveal the brute monstrosity of our savage republic. The right-wing effort to shrink government down to such a small thing you could flush it down the toilet has turned out to overflow the toilet after all. Solidarity, what Margaret Thatcher once disparaged as society, must be our response.

COVID-19 is killing the elderly and the immune-compromised, mostly — but not exclusively. In South Korea, where they are testing broadly (as opposed to Italy, say, where they are testing those with symptoms, or the USA, where testing is STILL extremely rare) it’s people in their twenties who are showing the most cases. But they’re asymptomatic. So, while the young and healthy mostly do not have too much to worry about themselves, they’re carriers who threaten others. NYC’s bars have been packed. The stupidity will have more consequences.

1 Response to “Eristalis tenax”

  1. 1 alaspooryorick March 15, 2020 at 8:35 am

    wow, an insect drone! wonder if it’s surveilling us now. (lol)

    I’m 70 y.o. but I think I’m heading to a bar. down a couple bourbons with a beer chaser, gonna flush all my troubles and woes about this stinking COVID-19 down the toilet, if they have one.

    btw, did you know that urine is sterile? You can wash your hands in it if they turn off the water when it too becomes a source of COVID-19. A hint for St. Patrick’s Day revelers if the lines for the toilets becomes too long. Clean up your poo (if this is the case) then pee on your hands, wipe them on your shirt and you are good to go.

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