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pinning flies

We undertook some fieldwork on Bookham Common a while back which was being filmed by the BBC.  We set up some pitfall traps, a malaise trap (a tent!) and then undertook some canopy sampling. I have finally had a bit of time today to start sorting through these specimens. The Beetles have been studied from many years on the common and so it is nice to look at the fly population. There are lots of Fungus gnats, Dolichopodids, hoverflies, houseflies, and some robber flies (which are very cool). i have only just started on the pinning of the specimens from the malaise trap and there are several hundred to do!! Once pinned i will sort to family level and pass them on to the appropriate people to identify if not within my area.  It’s good to be able to look at specimens as most of the day i have been answering emails and constructing lists. Tomorrow i will be spending the entire day making labels to put in our new Synoptic collection.

I have just recieved an internal grant to have someone recurate and incorporate a collection of fungus gnats from Russia into our collection. This was a research collection and all the names are in Russian, some on dodgy pins, there is dried up genitalia everywhere (a common problem!!) and no label saying that the material is ours. Our new assistant has her work cut out!


August 4, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. Hi

    Can you see the bbc footage online anywhere?


    Comment by Melissa | August 5, 2009 | Reply

    • I believe that you will be able to see that next year on TV..

      Comment by labupdate | August 7, 2009 | Reply

  2. Why is dried up genitalia a common problem? Sounds pretty worrying…

    Comment by Sheila | August 5, 2009 | Reply

    • it is not very good for seeing the important bits and it often just pings off and you have lost it for good..we had an incidence recently where some genitalia went flying across the lab!

      Comment by labupdate | August 7, 2009 | Reply

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