Category Archives: Platystomatidae

Signal flies. About 1,000 species, best represented in tropical regions. Adults feed on fresh mammalian excrement; larvae scavengers on a variety of decaying organic substances. Males of some species with stalk-eyes, territorial.

T.G.I.Flyday: Soybean nodule fly

I’ve been walking the rows of soybean fields for many years now, and while it might seem that I would have very quickly seen all there was to see in terms of insects associated with the crop, this is not … Continue reading

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The “buzzard signal fly”

During our time at Geelhoutbos farm in South Africa’s Northern (now Limpopo) Province, we spent most of our time in the foothills below a magnificent north-facing escarpment of the Waterberg Mountain Range. We were here to collect Buprestidae (including the … Continue reading

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