Jan 30 ID Event - Common Compost Fly

We're happy to announce another online meeting next week! Here are the details:

The Zoom meeting will open at 4 PM EST on Sunday the 30th.

The plan is to focus on observations of the Common Compost Fly (Syritta pipiens) in the US and Canada. We'll spend most of the time individually going through observations individually while discussing questions and interesting observations.

Join the Zoom Meeting here: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/87456873015?pwd=V0JMWi80OW1iMnJuRjV3MThXMktVZz09

Meeting ID: 874 5687 3015

Passcode: diptera

Please leave a comment either to let us know if you're planning to come or to subscribe to be notified of future events! Questions are also welcome.

Guides to use at our meeting:
Guide to the Merodontini and Milesiini of the Southwestern United States

What we'll be identifying:

Consider watching this video prior to joining the meeting so that you are prepared to participate (note that I use the incorrect common name for the species, I've since corrected them in the guides):

(You can open the video in a new tab by clicking on the YouTube icon.)

Publicado el 26 de enero de 2022 por zdanko zdanko


@zdanko any tips for march fly larvae ID? I got tens of thousands under leaf litter in my yard that I wanna ID and this reminded me.

Publicado por radbackedsalamander hace más de 2 años

Sure! In the United States and Canada, there is an easy key for identification in the Manual of Nearctic Diptera Volume 1 (p. 222). You should take good habitus photos showing the dorsum, as well as macro photos of the posterior spiracle (the tail) if possible. In theory, one should be able to identify without seeing the posterior spiracle.

Publicado por zdanko hace más de 2 años

I'm planning to attend - thanks for doing this! Please add my name to the list for future events: @pei-ott .

Publicado por pei-ott hace más de 2 años

Of course, thank you!

Publicado por zdanko hace más de 2 años

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