ID Guide for Higher-level Diptera Groups

I'm excited to share this guide to major groups of Diptera! Questions, suggestions, and other reactions are appreciated. Please let me know if you find any oversights.

Posted by edanko edanko, May 21, 2020 23:40

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Let's get to work on all the unidentified Diptera! There are links to 'Identify' pages on the first slide above.

Posted by edanko 3 months ago (Flag)
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👍👍👍

Posted by treegrow 3 months ago (Flag)
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Great work @edanko, this is very useful!

Posted by elaphrornis 3 months ago (Flag)
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Nice! I've got Nematocera down, but I definitely need to work on my other groups.

Would it be possible to add thumbnails of example images of each taxa on slide 4? I'm trying to order the hierarchy in my head and it helps to see the images arranged visually.

Also, tagging @raycama and @elytrid if either of you are curious about more Diptera fun, check out this and other journal posts by Even.

Posted by malisaspring 3 months ago (Flag)
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Will there be a quiz???
Seriously this is neat. Thanks for putting it together.

Posted by raycama 3 months ago (Flag)
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PS: is it useful at all to you if we separate Nematocera from Brachycera?
Most of the time, it is all I can do.

Posted by raycama 3 months ago (Flag)
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Awesome, thanks! I'm a visual learner so this helps a lot!

Posted by elytrid 3 months ago (Flag)
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@raycama if you find that enjoyable, go for it! (you might learn something by keeping track of subsequent IDs?)

Mostly though, this guide isn't meant to function on its own: if it lets you narrow it down to 1 or 2 main groups, I have some follow-up guides for family ID in prep.

Posted by edanko 3 months ago (Flag)
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@malisaspring I've added antennae to slide 4 -- is that helpful? :)

Posted by edanko 3 months ago (Flag)
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Yes, thanks!

Posted by malisaspring 3 months ago (Flag)
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I do -I do learn a lot by doing broad IDs and watching them unfold subsequently. Although gnats and midges are... challenging.

Posted by raycama 3 months ago (Flag)
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Nice work... maybe I'll finally begin to learn some things. Always better at finding things than ID'ing them!

Posted by natureguy 3 months ago (Flag)
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Great work @edanko, congratulation...!

Posted by thilinahettiarachchi 3 months ago (Flag)
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It seems really useful to my works

Posted by thilinahettiarachchi 3 months ago (Flag)

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