The Flies and Beetles That Turn Death Into Dinner

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By Denise Gemmellaro This is the fourth in a series of posts on forensic entomology. Read earlier posts in the series and stay tuned for future posts in the coming weeks here on Entomology Today. Every respectful movie or TV show featuring a scene with a dead body makes sure the buzzing of the flies […]

New Species of Fly from Great Smoky Mountains National Park

A new article by Michael Ferro and John Plakidas describes a new species of fly that was collected in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Neostenoptera appalachiensis is a gall midge, and it is the first record of the genus Neostenoptera in the New World. The specific name, appalachiensis, means “from the Appalachians” in Latin, in […]

Researchers Raise Maggots on Chicken Blood to Save Darwin’s Finches

By Meredith Swett Walker In 1676, the great scientist Isaac Newton (of gravity fame) wrote a letter to another scientific titan, Robert Hooke (who had coined the biological term “cell”), in which he humbly stated, “If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants.” Even in using that line he was […]

Newly Discovered Fly Species Parasitizes Moths in Brazil

A newly discovered fly species in the Tachinidae family has been discovered and described in the open-access Journal of Insect Science. The new fly, Lespesia melloi, is a parasitoid of the Spanish moth (Xanthopastis timais), which means it could potentially be used as a biological control agent in the future. Spanish moth caterpillars feed on […]