The Gottlieb Native Garden

a california love story

The Gottlieb Native Garden is a flourishing ecosystem belonging to Susan and Dan Gottlieb, friends of flora and fauna and devoted environmental philanthropists. With more than 100 hand-selected plant species and hundreds of animal species, the backyard is a National Wildlife Federation-certified Backyard Wildlife Habitat and a Xerces Society-designated Pollinator Habitat.

Mexican Cactus Fly

The GNG had a very interesting visitor today, a Mexican Cactus Fly.  This is the largest flower fly in Southern California (with a body length of ¾”) and ranges from the Southern U.S. down to Central America. The fly itself resembles one of our larger carpenter bee species, but on closer inspection it is clearly an enormous fly!

Mexican Cactus Fly - Copestylum mexicanum