Katja Schulz Curator

Joined: Nov 23, 2011 Last Active: Dec 11, 2018

I am an Entomologist by training, but I am interested in just about anything that's alive. Temperate broadleaf forests are my native habitat, and it's where I still feel most at home, even after spending 17 years in the gorgeous deserts of SE Arizona. Nowadays, I live in hectic & bizarre Washington, DC, but I get my critterfix and a canopy of green leaves swaying above my head on my weekly excursions to Rock Creek Park. Pretty amazing what you can find in the middle of a crowded metropolitan area. I also get around quite a bit visiting my family in Spain once or twice a year and traveling for my job with the Encyclopedia of Life.

I really appreciate the ID help I get from all the great naturalists here. Please don't be offended if I don't agree with the IDs you have provided for my observations. Ever since the separation of the taxon ID from the community ID (a welcome change), I generally only agree to IDs if I have the knowledge to confirm the ID or if I understand the identifier's specific expertise. I think there's too much uninformed agreeing going on around here, leading to a lot of misidentified research grade observations. I don't want to contribute to that problem.

People often ask me about good resources for fly identification. Unfortunately, there are way too many to list.

For a very basic introduction to fly families try these:
DIPTERA - Description of Order and Families in British Columbia
How to Identify Flies

The best comprehensive resource for North American Diptera is available online, for free, yeah!

Manual of Nearctic Diptera Volume 1
Manual of Nearctic Diptera Volume 2
Manual of Nearctic Diptera Volume 3

There's also one for Central American Diptera, but as far as I know it is only available in bits and pieces:
Manual of Central American Diptera Volume 1
Manual of Central American Diptera Volume 2
A Manual of Central American Diptera: Key to Diptera families (adults)

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