Second batch of flies arrives!!

I have just received the second, long awaited batch of flies from Jean Cerda in French Guiana. Six tubes of mixed familes, all collected between October 2008 and March 2009 in Jean’s Malaise trap.

At first glance they are not a lot of tachinids but there are some very interesting taxa that I haven’t seen before and I am sure I will find plenty more when I sort out the samples. There are also a LOT of tabanids, asilids and other larger familes – so all the people I pass specimens on to will be happy! 😉

Interestingly, there are far less of the minute taxa that were in the previous (dry-season) sample. There are some small specimens but the majority are medium-sized.

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