Flies of the US and Canada's Journal

June 29, 2022

July 3, July 10 - Superfamilies of Calyptratae

We're happy to announce another set of upcoming meetings! Here are the details:

We'll be looking at the superfamilies of the calyptrate flies. Specifically, we'll explain how to identify the groups using process-of-elimination. Using this approach, almost anything can be identified.

The Zoom meetings will open at 8 PM EDT on Sunday the 3rd and the 10th.

Join the Zoom Meeting here: Meeting Link

Meeting ID: 874 5687 3015

Passcode: diptera

Please leave a comment either to let us know if you're planning to come or to subscribe to be notified of future events! Questions are also welcome.

Resources to use for this meeting:

Guides to the higher clades and families of Diptera

What we'll be identifying:

If you want to follow along, this might be a good link to use:

https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/identify?order_by=random&lrank=zoosubsection&taxon_id=342767


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Posted on June 29, 2022 00:59 by zdanko zdanko | 6 comments | Leave a comment

June 15, 2022

Jun 19, Jun 26: Nematocera via process-of-elimination

We're happy to announce another set of upcoming meetings! Here are the details:

The tentative plan is to work on IDing Nematocera. Specifically, we'll explain how to identify individual families using process-of-elimination. Using this approach, almost anything can be identified.

The Zoom meetings will open at 8 PM EDT on Sunday the 19th and the 26th.

Join the Zoom Meeting here: Meeting Link

Meeting ID: 874 5687 3015

Passcode: diptera

Please leave a comment either to let us know if you're planning to come or to subscribe to be notified of future events! Questions are also welcome.

Resources to use for this meeting:

Guides to the higher clades and families of Diptera

What we'll be identifying:

If you want to follow along, this might be a good link to use:

https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/identify?order_by=random&lrank=suborder&taxon_id=154259


Click here to sign up to join our emailing list!.

Posted on June 15, 2022 23:44 by edanko edanko | 7 comments | Leave a comment

June 06, 2022

No meeting on June 12th!

Hi all,

I will be in New Jersey for the 17th field meeting of the North American Dipterists Society next week, so I will not be in a place where I can lead the meeting.

If anyone is interested in leading a meeting in my stead, feel free to message me. It doesn't have to be formal, just chatting and discussing fly stuff (or really, whatever you want).

Thank you for the continued support!

Zachary


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Posted on June 06, 2022 20:07 by zdanko zdanko | 1 comment | Leave a comment

May 31, 2022

June 5 - Higher groups of Diptera (Infraorder to Zoosubsection)

We're happy to announce another online meeting this week! Here are the details:

The plan is to study each well-defined higher classification of Diptera from Infraorder to Zoosubsection. We'll spend most of the time discussing, and minimal time doing individual identification.

The Zoom meeting will open at 8 PM EDT on Sunday the 5th.

Join the Zoom Meeting here: Meeting Link

Meeting ID: 874 5687 3015

Passcode: diptera

Please leave a comment either to let us know if you're planning to come or to subscribe to be notified of future events! Questions are also welcome.

Resources to use for this meeting:

Guides to the higher clades and families of Diptera

What we'll be identifying:

Most of what we do on Sunday will just be following along, so if we end up doing individual identifying, we will provide a link live.


Click here to sign up to join our emailing list!.

Posted on May 31, 2022 21:53 by zdanko zdanko | 4 comments | Leave a comment

May 26, 2022

Summer 2022 - Higher groups of Diptera (plus planning for the future)

Dear attendees,

Our meetings in the future are going to be a little different. Instead of focusing on a different species or distinction each week, we will dedicate many meetings to each group.

For example, we have decided that for the entire summer (late May, June, July, and some of August), we will focus on learning the higher levels of Diptera, meaning distinguishing between Brachycera and Nematocera, and then certain groups within Brachycera, like Acalyptratae and Calyptratae.

We will not be having new videos for each session. We will spend some time at the beginning of each session discussing the topic, and then set aside about 30 minutes or less at the end strictly for identifying and asking questions.

In future sessions, we plan to invite others to lead some meetings on insect taxa of their choice (particularly flies), and I encourage you all to volunteer to do this. I, Zachary, would be happy to assist you in researching the taxa of your choice.

Only for meetings which I lead: those of you who wish to be more serious identifiers will sign up for me to review your identifications of the taxon after the meeting has ended and for the next few days, to provide feedback. TBD: Some sort of minimum # of identifications for this system.

I, Zachary, will continue making videos, just not weekly. They will be posted whenever I have free time, and I will make a journal post for each one so that you all will be notified.


I encourage you to join the emailing list by clicking anywhere on this sentence and filling in the sign-up form.

We take your feedback very seriously, and any suggestions are immensely appreciated. These meetings are still a rather recent initiative, so we are always working to improve them.


That said, we're happy to announce another online meeting this week! Here are the details:

The Zoom meeting will open at 8 PM EDT on Sunday the 29th.

Join the Zoom Meeting here: Meeting Link

Meeting ID: 874 5687 3015

Passcode: diptera

Resources to use for this meeting:

Guides to the higher clades and families of Diptera

What we'll be identifying:

Identify Link

This video will give you some background to what we will be learning about:

(You can open the video in a new tab by clicking on the YouTube icon.)

Posted on May 26, 2022 03:02 by zdanko zdanko | 9 comments | Leave a comment

May 20, 2022

May 22 - Update

Hi all,

We will not be having a meeting this Sunday, May 22nd. We will resume the next week on the 29th.

Thanks!

Zachary Dankowicz

Posted on May 20, 2022 16:57 by zdanko zdanko | 1 comment | Leave a comment

May 10, 2022

May 15 - Genera of March Flies

We're happy to announce another online meeting this week! Here are the details:

The Zoom meeting will open at 8 PM EDT on Sunday the 1st.

The plan is to focus on observations of Bibionidae (March Flies) stuck above genus level in the US and Canada. We'll spend most of the time individually going through observations individually while discussing questions and interesting observations.

This is an extension of a prior meeting a few months ago.

Join the Zoom Meeting here: Meeting Link

Meeting ID: 874 5687 3015

Passcode: diptera

Please leave a comment either to let us know if you're planning to come or to subscribe to be notified of future events! Questions are also welcome.

Resources to use for this meeting:

Key to World Genera of Bibionidae

Wing Venation Comparison of World Genera of Bibionidae

What we'll be identifying:

Identify Link

Consider watching this video prior to joining the meeting so that you are prepared to participate:

(You can open the video in a new tab by clicking on the YouTube icon.)

Posted on May 10, 2022 21:45 by zdanko zdanko | 3 comments | Leave a comment

May 02, 2022

May 8 - Stable Fly (again!)

We're happy to announce another online meeting this week! Here are the details:

The Zoom meeting will open at 8 PM EDT on Sunday the 1st.

The plan is to focus on observations of Stomoxys calcitrans, the Stable Fly, in the US and Canada. We'll spend most of the time individually going through observations individually while discussing questions and interesting observations.

This is a review session, so we will spend less time learning about the species, and more time going through observations.

Join the Zoom Meeting here: Meeting Link

Meeting ID: 874 5687 3015

Passcode: diptera

Please leave a comment either to let us know if you're planning to come or to subscribe to be notified of future events! Questions are also welcome.

Resources to use for this meeting:

Notes for the Muscinae (Muscidae) of the US & Canada

What we'll be identifying:

Identify Link

Consider watching this video prior to joining the meeting so that you are prepared to participate:

(You can open the video in a new tab by clicking on the YouTube icon.)

Posted on May 02, 2022 10:26 by zdanko zdanko | 2 comments | Leave a comment

April 27, 2022

May 1 ID Event - Stable Fly

We're happy to announce another online meeting this week! Here are the details:

The Zoom meeting will open at 8 PM EDT on Sunday the 1st.

The plan is to focus on observations of Stomoxys calcitrans, the Stable Fly, in the US and Canada. We'll spend most of the time individually going through observations individually while discussing questions and interesting observations.

Join the Zoom Meeting here: Meeting Link

Meeting ID: 874 5687 3015

Passcode: diptera

Please leave a comment either to let us know if you're planning to come or to subscribe to be notified of future events! Questions are also welcome.

Resources to use for this meeting:

Notes for the Muscinae (Muscidae) of the US & Canada

What we'll be identifying:

Identify Link

Consider watching this video prior to joining the meeting so that you are prepared to participate:

(You can open the video in a new tab by clicking on the YouTube icon.)

Posted on April 27, 2022 23:27 by zdanko zdanko | 8 comments | Leave a comment

April 20, 2022

Apr 24 ID Event - Bright Bee Fly

We're happy to announce another online meeting this week! Here are the details:

The Zoom meeting will open at 8 PM EDT on Sunday the 24th.

The plan is to focus on observations of the Bright Bee Fly (Poecilanthrax lucifer) in the US and Canada. We'll spend most of the time individually going through observations individually while discussing questions and interesting observations.

Join the Zoom Meeting here: Meeting Link

Meeting ID: 874 5687 3015

Passcode: diptera

Please leave a comment either to let us know if you're planning to come or to subscribe to be notified of future events! Questions are also welcome.

Guides to use at our meeting:

Diagnoses for some species of Bombyliidae in the US & Canada

What we'll be identifying:

Identify Link

Consider watching this video prior to joining the meeting so that you are prepared to participate:

(You can open the video in a new tab by clicking on the YouTube icon.)

Posted on April 20, 2022 21:37 by zdanko zdanko | 8 comments | Leave a comment