I watched for flies to find that first bloom, but as far as I know, they never did. I never saw a single fly on the plant.
This week, though, the second and third blooms have opened on the plant and it is a whole different story. The flies were out in force today.
There is one fly visible in the center of this bloom.
There are three flies investigating the blossom here.
They headed right into the center of the bloom, which is just what the plant wants.
These confused flies may be wondering, "Where is the yummy carrion?"
When they head back out again, they will be carrying a nice load of Stapelia pollen.
I watched as a steady stream of flies visited the plant today. I still could not detect any really bad odor from the bloom, but apparently the scent was powerful enough to have wafted its calling card around the yard. Even if I couldn't detect it, obviously the flies could.