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July 2016 iNaturalist Vermont Photo-observation of the Month

Congratulations to Jason Hill for winning the July 2016 iNaturalist Vermont photo-observation of the month contest. The image of a Long-legged Fly (Dolichopodidae) was the most popular photo-observation as measured by clicked ‘favs’. Just 4 mm long, Jason captured a closeup of this amazing insect as it perched on his deck railing. Why the long legs? It might be from sexual selection. Males conduct an elaborate courtship display of their legs to  entice a female. Most species are predatory on small arthropods, though some may scavenge or act as kleptoparasites of spiders and other predators.
A long-legged fly perches on Jason Hill's ...more ↓

Posted on August 02, 2016 12:01 PM by kpmcfarland kpmcfarland | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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It started with a simple question. How many species occur in Vermont? You’d think we’d know this for a small state steeped in a rich tradition of naturalists dating back to Zadock Thompson and his seminal 1842 work on the natural history of Vermont. But, the simple answer was, no one really knew.

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