Flies http://www.nhm.org/nature/taxonomy/term/179/all en Second Ant-decapitating Fly Found in Glendale http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/second-ant-decapitating-fly-found-glendale <p>Our scientists found another species of ant-decapitating fly in Glendale, <em>Pseudacteon amuletum</em>!</p> <p><img alt="" src="/nature/sites/default/files/images/blog/fly_c_2.jpg" /></p> <p><em>Pseudacteon amuletum.</em> Photo credit: Phyllis Sun</p> <p>Here&#39;s&nbsp;an account of this&nbsp;tiny, yet impressive fly, by Lisa Gonzalez, one of our <a href="http://research.nhm.org/bioscan/" target="_blank">BioSCAN</a> entomologists:</p> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/second-ant-decapitating-fly-found-glendale" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/second-ant-decapitating-fly-found-glendale#comments ant decapitating flies Brian Brown Flies Lisa Gonzalez phorid flies Pseudacteon Pseudacteon amuletum Blog Mon, 13 Jan 2014 20:52:19 +0000 Lisa Gonzalez 833 at http://www.nhm.org/nature Ant-decapitating Fly Found in Glendale! http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/ant-decapitating-fly-found-glendale <p>I just&nbsp;found out we have ant-decapitating flies here in Los Angeles! Dr. Brian Brown,&nbsp;the Museum&#39;s Curator of Entomology and&nbsp;one of the world&#39;s foremost experts on flies, made&nbsp;a chance discovery by looking right under the nose of an unsuspecting USC student.</p> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/ant-decapitating-fly-found-glendale" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/ant-decapitating-fly-found-glendale#comments ant decapitating fly BioSCAN Brian Brown Flies fly Glendale Los Angeles Nature Luis Chiappe phorid flies phoridae Pseudacteon Blog Mon, 18 Nov 2013 20:16:55 +0000 Lila Higgins 828 at http://www.nhm.org/nature L.A.'s Endangered Nature: Giant Flower-loving Flies http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/las-endangered-nature-giant-flower-loving-flies <p>Ever heard of a fly that is big enough to be mistaken for a small hummingbird? Don&rsquo;t worry this is not some horror movie featuring an overly large arthropod (think <em>The Fly</em>, <em>Them</em>, or the upcoming <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1830713/" target="_blank">Big Ass Spider </a>movie) this is real-life nature! Also, this is rare nature for Los Angeles; these flies are very, very uncommon in our region.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/nature/sites/default/files/images/blog/delhi%20sands%20fly%20exhibit.jpg" /></p> <p>Ever seen this exhibit?</p> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/las-endangered-nature-giant-flower-loving-flies" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/las-endangered-nature-giant-flower-loving-flies#comments Big Ass Spider movie Delhi Sands Flower-loving Fly El Segundo Flower-loving Fly endangered species Flies giant flower-loving fly Nature Lab Rhaphiomidas terminatus abdominalis Rhaphiomidas terminatus terminatus Blog Fri, 09 Aug 2013 19:25:38 +0000 Lila Higgins 815 at http://www.nhm.org/nature New Fly Species Likes to Party It Up Poolside in Brentwood http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/new-fly-species-likes-party-it-poolside-brentwood <p>I've been scratching my head for a story to tell in this week's blog. At 6:20 last night it hit me! I've never related our Curator of Entomology, Brian Brown's, story of how he discovered a brand new species of fly, right here in Los Angeles! That's right folks, undiscovered fly species are here right under your noses <span><span><span>— </span></span></span>oh and don't forget that one that  flew into your eyeball, maybe that was new to science too, I guess next time you should try to save it!</p> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/new-fly-species-likes-party-it-poolside-brentwood" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/new-fly-species-likes-party-it-poolside-brentwood#comments BioSCAN Brian Brown Flies Malaise trap phorid flies Blog Tue, 25 Dec 2012 02:35:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 708 at http://www.nhm.org/nature Charismatic Microfauna in the North Campus http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/charismatic-microfauna-north-campus <p>I've been away all week in Yellowstone for work and wasn't sure how I'd manage the blog this week. While there, I was stunned by the awesome wildlife I encountered, including bison, elk, black bears, pronghorns, mountain goats, bighorn sheep, and even a pack of six gray wolves!</p> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/charismatic-microfauna-north-campus" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/charismatic-microfauna-north-campus#comments aphids bison charismatic megafauna charismatic microfauna Flies froghoppers Ladybugs Pill bugs spittlebugs Blog Sat, 23 Jun 2012 03:59:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 691 at http://www.nhm.org/nature Aphid Eating Flower Fly Found in North Campus http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/aphid-eating-flower-fly-found-north-campus <p><span>There are over 150,000 species of flies in the world! Most visitors who come to the Museum can name only a few of these flies (house fly, horse fly, or mosquito for examples) and many hold the belief that we would be better off without flies in our world. On Wednesday, January 18<span>,</span> we found a fly that I am sure will help you realize that all flies can't be cast as "bad" characters<span> </span>—<span> </span>I introduce the humble aphid eating flower fly, <em>Eupeodes volucris. </em></span> <div> </div></p><p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/aphid-eating-flower-fly-found-north-campus" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/aphid-eating-flower-fly-found-north-campus#comments aphids Eupoeodes volucris Flies flower fly hoverfly insects syrphid fly syrphidae Blog Sat, 21 Jan 2012 06:04:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 673 at http://www.nhm.org/nature The Twelve Days of Christmas http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/twelve-days-christmas <p>On the Twelfth Day of Christmas the North Campus gave to me...</p> <p>Twelve&nbsp;skippers skipping<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/twelve-days-christmas" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/twelve-days-christmas#comments birds butterfly caterpillar crow Flies hummingbirds insects ladybug mammals Twelve days of christmas Blog Sat, 24 Dec 2011 04:33:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 676 at http://www.nhm.org/nature Flesh Flies and CSI! http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/flesh-flies-and-csi <p>Since it's October I decided to focus the rest of this month's posts on Halloween inspired themes. Wracking my brains for topics, I realized something I saw last week in the basement would fit the bill nicely. Flesh flies!</p> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/flesh-flies-and-csi" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/flesh-flies-and-csi#comments CSI flesh flies Flies forensic entomology Gray flesh flies insects Shawna Joplin Blog Fri, 21 Oct 2011 05:32:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 647 at http://www.nhm.org/nature New Fly for North Campus http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/new-fly-north-campus <p><strong>Insect Trapping </strong> <div>To better understand the insect diversity of the North Campus, we've started surveying the insect fauna on the construction site. A few months ago, Dr. Brian Brown, the Museum's Curator of Entomology, set up a Malaise trap. This type of trap is commonly used by entomologists to capture small flying insects, and so far we've collected hundreds! One of the coolest (at least in Brian's opinion, and now mine too) is the Boatman Fly.</div></p> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/new-fly-north-campus" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/new-fly-north-campus#comments Boatman Fly Brian Brown Flies insect survey insects Blog Wed, 06 Apr 2011 06:47:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 637 at http://www.nhm.org/nature