It is Spring Break at Purdue and those who are still in town are treated to nice weather, with highs in the low 60s (F, 15-18 C). The first burst of warm weather and the Spring photo periods bring forth the cold-hardy flowers such as crocuses, among the first bulbs to display their color against the dark browns and grays of winter. The warm weather also brings out the flies, many of which overwinter as adults. As the weather warms they become active and search for food.
In the picture below we see an adult fly with its mouthparts lowered sampling the petals of a crocus. The fly carries pollen on its hairs and is an important early season pollinator.
Other pollinators that start to become active are the honey bees who have spent the winter huddling in their hives. This worker has found a patch of crocus in bloom. The worker will return to its hive and communicate the source of food to its nest mates.