Flies of the US and Canada's Journal

May 12, 2024

May 12 - Get to work :)

Heyo, fly folk!

My goal for you all this week is to make as many identifications as possible towards this group of species that we have learned in past meetings (e.g. Musca domestica, Lucilia sericata, etc.).

https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/identify?order_by=random&place_id=1%2C6712&taxon_id=120156,128824,197039,333264,133769,51557,258813,126214,329781

We are currently at 28,276 obs. Given my lack of other ideas, and the need for effort here, this will probably be your goal for several weeks.

Have fun!

Join our emailing list

Posted on May 12, 2024 04:24 PM by zdanko zdanko | 1 comment | Leave a comment

May 06, 2024

May 5th - Observe some flies!

Heyo, fly folk!

My goal for you all this week is to go outside and find any one fly to upload to iNat. It can be a muscoid, cecid, even a culicid. For extra points, find five (or more!).

Have fun!

Join our emailing list

Posted on May 06, 2024 12:37 AM by zdanko zdanko | 12 comments | Leave a comment

April 27, 2024

April 28th - Diptera Leafminer Annotations

Heyo, fly folk!

We will NOT be having an organized Zoom workshop tonight, but the meeting room will be open if anyone wants to join (so long as Erika doesn't need her account; I won't be there).

SUCCESS My goal for you all this week is to help fix the Evidence of Presence for at least 15 of these observations: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/identify?reviewed=any&quality_grade=any&order_by=random&taxon_id=47822&photos=true&term_id=22&term_value_id=26

This is an attempt to help @michaelpirrello with the process outlined here: https://forum.inaturalist.org/t/50630

To skip past the other stuff, your task is to add Evidence of Presence: Leafmine as appropriate, and disagree with the Evidence of Presence: Track annotation. To do this quickly, you can press the buttons "e" then "l" to add the Leafmine annotation, then click on the thumbs down next to the Track. I'm happy to help troubleshoot if necessary.

We are currently at 2,374 obs.

Have fun!

Join our emailing list if you're not already in it.

Posted on April 27, 2024 12:52 PM by zdanko zdanko | 4 comments | Leave a comment

April 18, 2024

April 21st - Chironomidae subfamily review

Heyo, fly folk!

This week, we will review our diagnosis for the Chironominae and also work on learning how to recognize the other subfamilies in the US and Canada.

Date & Time: 8 PM EDT on Sunday, April 21st.

Join here: Meeting Link

Meeting ID: 874 5687 3015

Passcode: diptera

Resource: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1HMhguh8FRPfcqrqnVqIIdZQPU2PmeEEG/edit

Identify Link we will use: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/identify?order_by=random&place_id=1%2C6712&taxon_id=53275&lrank=family

Click here to sign up to join our emailing list!

Posted on April 18, 2024 09:54 PM by zdanko zdanko | 3 comments | Leave a comment

April 14, 2024

April 14th - Chironomidae Cont'd

Heyo, fly folk!

We will NOT be having an organized Zoom workshop tonight, but the meeting room will be open if anyone wants to join (so long as Erika doesn't need her account; I won't be there).

My goal for you all this week is to make at least 15 identifications on observations currently stuck at family level of Chironomidae in the US/CA: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/identify?order_by=random&place_id=1%2C6712&taxon_id=53275&lrank=family

During our Axarus meeting, we learned how to recognize the subfamily Chironominae from the length of the fore basitarsus (longer than or as long as the fore tibia) and the absence of the crossvein m-cu, and the tribe Chironomini by the wing venation (r-m is oblique to R4+5).

We are currently at 34,778 observations left at family.

You should use this slide deck as a reference: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1dpFfbNdqFitqgefpTKceMofwf8rDXsX5/edit#slide=id.p5

Have fun!

Join our emailing list if you're not already in it.

Posted on April 14, 2024 12:43 PM by zdanko zdanko | 2 comments | Leave a comment

April 07, 2024

April 7th - Chironomids are cool

Heyo, fly folk!

Today marks the first installment of our new system. We will NOT be having an organized Zoom workshop tonight, but the meeting room will be open if anyone wants to join (so long as Erika doesn't need her account; I won't be there).

Instead, my goal for you all this week is to make at least 5 identifications on observations currently listed under Axarus in the US/CA: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/identify?order_by=random&place_id=1,6712&taxon_id=247591&lrank=genus

I hope that by next Sunday, that page will have close to 0 obs (187 as I write this). Please identify them to species groups or push them out of Axarus if they aren't such. For uncertain males, feel free to leave them for others to discuss.

You should use this slide deck as a reference: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1dpFfbNdqFitqgefpTKceMofwf8rDXsX5/edit#slide=id.p5

Have fun! Leave comments here or in the forum group chat as you wish.

Join our emailing list if you're not already in it.

Posted on April 07, 2024 05:42 PM by zdanko zdanko | 8 comments | Leave a comment

March 30, 2024

March 31st - Midges galore!

Heyo, fly folk!

This week, we will be transitioning to our new format, as proposed and accepted by the regulars of the group last Sunday: Once a month (or so), we will have regular Zoom workshops, like this one. In the future, these Zoom meetings will ONLY BE ANNOUNCED THROUGH THE EMAIL LIST, so sign up now if you aren't already! In other weeks, I will post a journal with an identifying goal for you or something that I think you should think about.

Our meeting this week is also the beginning of a series on Chironomidae, sparked by some rigorous identifying work that @zoology123, @mabuva2021, and I have been doing. We will be identifying members of the genus Axarus in the Chironominae, beginning with an overview of the common subfamilies and then looking at diagnoses for this genus and its members. We hope to see you there!

Date & Time: 8 PM EDT on Sunday, March 31st.

Join here: Meeting Link

Meeting ID: 874 5687 3015

Passcode: diptera

Resource: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1dpFfbNdqFitqgefpTKceMofwf8rDXsX5/edit#slide=id.p5

Identify Link we will use: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/identify?order_by=random&place_id=1,6712&taxon_id=247591&lrank=genus

Click here to sign up to join our emailing list!

Posted on March 30, 2024 02:50 PM by zdanko zdanko | 1 comment | Leave a comment

March 22, 2024

March 24th - The future is now

Heyo, fly folk!

This week, we will begin with a discussion on the future of these meetings. I have a busy summer planned, and I don't know how often we will be able to meet. After that, I start college, with less free time to plan these. One idea we can discuss is asynchronous identifying, as portrayed in a previous journal post by @edanko. I hope to see you at the meeting, but if you can't come, feel free to leave comments in the journal post. After that discussion, we can continue identifying Sciapodinae as wished.

Date & Time: 8 PM EDT on Sunday, March 24th.

Join here: Meeting Link

Meeting ID: 874 5687 3015

Passcode: diptera

Click here to sign up to join our emailing list!

Posted on March 22, 2024 01:07 PM by zdanko zdanko | 1 comment | Leave a comment

March 14, 2024

March 17 - Out of town

Heyo fly folk:

I will be in Boston for an event this weekend, so we will return together on March 24th!

-Z

Posted on March 14, 2024 12:08 PM by zdanko zdanko | 1 comment | Leave a comment

March 09, 2024

March 10th - Global Sciapodinae, #6

Heyo, fly folk!

This week will be a continuation of Feb 25th, talking about the Afrotropical fauna in the context of the Australasian genera. We will also continue identifying the Oriental observations.

Date & Time: 8 PM EST on Sunday, March 10th.

Join here: Meeting Link

Meeting ID: 874 5687 3015

Passcode: diptera

Identify Link we will use: (Americas) https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/identify?order_by=random&taxon_id=321397&place_id=66741&lrank=tribe, (Orient) https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/identify?order_by=random&place_id=97395&taxon_id=321397, (Afrotropics) https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/identify?order_by=random&place_id=97392&taxon_id=321397

Click here to sign up to join our emailing list!

Posted on March 09, 2024 03:31 PM by zdanko zdanko | 1 comment | Leave a comment