Laphria, Holopogon, and Seasonality now up!

New pages for Laphria and Holopogon are now up! These are the first draft, and I hope to add more information to help separate species soon. I also developed draft phenology (seasonality) charts for the 105 species where I have been able to track down specific Florida information. I will be updating this with newContinue reading “Laphria, Holopogon, and Seasonality now up!”

Florida State Collection of Arthropods

On Wednesday 12/8, I visited the Florida State Collection of Arthropods (FSCA) in Gainesville. It’s only open on weekdays, which makes it difficult for working stiffs to visit. I got to meet Gary Steck, a dipterist who has helped organize the specimens and put together a handy Florida Syntopic Collection. I also got to meetContinue reading “Florida State Collection of Arthropods”

Artifice Among Asilidae: An investigation of insect mimicry, focusing on robber flies

While creating this page, I remembered that I wrote a paper in college on mimicry in robber flies. Spoiler alert: it’s almost all conjecture. INTRODUCTION Mimicry occurs when an organism has evolved to resemble another organism, most often to the direct benefit of the mimic.  Mimicry has been recorded in many animal orders, such asContinue reading “Artifice Among Asilidae: An investigation of insect mimicry, focusing on robber flies”