Category Archives: Diptera

Flies. About 150,000 species. Phytophagous, predaceous, or parasitic on other insects. Blood sucking species vector diseases.

2018 Arizona Insect Collecting Trip “iReport”

Hot on the heels of the previous installment in this series, I present the sixth “Collecting Trip iReport”; this one covering a trip to Arizona during July/August 2018 with Art Evans and—like the previous installments in this series—illustrated exclusively with … Continue reading

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“The Botanists Among Us: Host plant specialization in insects”

It’s been a busy week for me—just two days after doing a presentation on tiger beetles to the Webster Groves Nature Society’s Entomology Group, I gave a talk to the St. Louis Chapter of the Missouri Native Plant Society. As … Continue reading

Posted in Acrididae, Aphididae, Apidae, Arctiidae, Bombyliidae, Buprestidae, Cantharidae, Cerambycidae, Chrysomelidae, Coleoptera, Cynipidae, Danaidae, Diapheromeridae, Diptera, Disteniidae, Hemiptera, Lygaeidae, Nymphalidae, Orthoptera, Phasmida, Sesiidae, Tenthredinidae, Tettigoniidae, Thripidae, Thysanoptera, Zygaenidae | Tagged , , , , | 4 Comments

The “black bringer of light”

During last year’s Fall Tiger Beetle Collecting Trip, I spent a day visiting cemeteries in the Post Oak Savannah region of northeastern Texas to look for tiger beetles associated with open sand in and around the cemeteries. It had been a … Continue reading

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2015 Texas Collecting Trip iReport—Fall Tiger Beetles

This is the fourth in a series of “Collecting Trip iReports”—so named because I’ve illustrated them exclusively with iPhone photographs. As I’ve mentioned in previous articles in this series (2013 Oklahoma, 2013 Great Basin, and 2014 Great Plains), I tend to favor my iPhone camera … Continue reading

Posted in Acrididae, Arachnida, Araneae, Asilidae, Bombyliidae, Cicindelidae, Coleoptera, Diptera, Formicidae, Hymenoptera, Orthoptera, Reptilia, Vertebrata | Tagged , | 13 Comments

Party on a pin oak

In September 2012 while collecting in western Oklahoma (Weatherford) I came across this interesting scene. It had been exceedingly dry in the area, and because of this few insects were out and about in the small city park that I … Continue reading

Posted in Coleoptera, Diptera, Formicidae, Hymenoptera, Lepidoptera, Mutillidae, Nymphalidae, Sarcophagidae, Scarabaeidae | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

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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T.G.I.Flyday—fuzzy wuzzy wuz a…

I’m back after an uncharacteristically lengthy absence, due not to loss of desire or inspiration but rather a malfunctioning computer. Repeated attempts to restore connectivity were unsuccessful, and heavy travel during the past week only exacerbated the situation. However, all … Continue reading

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