Ezra Bailey

加入於:2020 9 月 04 最近活躍:2024 7 月 11 iNaturalist 每月捐款者 since 2024年5月

I'm an Entomology PhD student studying phylogenomics and parasitism in Calyptrate flies, with blow flies and bot flies very dear to my heart. I am most familiar with the systematics, parasitic specializations, and forensic/ecological roles of blow flies.

For species-level blow fly identifications and corrections, I usually leave the characters I used to determine in a comment (especially if it's an uncommon species, typically not if I'm moving species ID back to genus). If you have better information, please send me a message or tag me and I will greatly appreciate it. I am very new to morphology and learning identification of these species every day. In general, the most helpful features for many blow fly identifications to species are the face, dorsum, and base of the wing. Thank you always for any corrections and additional information!

For other identifications, I try my best with a search of the relevant clade native to the observation's region and use sight ID, relative abundance, and available diagnostic characters to identify, but I am absolutely a beginner and greatly appreciate corrections. I also occasionally put unknown observations to order or family so it'll get to the right people faster. Thank you so much to all the experts here for your help.

I have an inordinate fondness for flies – please feel free to tag me :-)

SE USA Calliphoridae
Chrysomyinae – Cochliomyia macellaria, Phormia regina, Chrysomya megacephala and C. rufifacies, maybe Protophormia terraenovae
Luciliinae – Lucilia coeruleiviridis, L. sericata, L. cuprina, L. illustris, L. cluvia, L. silvarum (L. sericata and L. cuprina are highly synanthropic and more likely to be photographed)
Calliphorinae – Calliphora vicina, Calliphora vomitoria, Cynomya cadaverina, Calliphora terraenovae, Calliphora livida, Calliphora stelviana, maybe Melinda sp.
Rhinophorinae – Stevenia sp., Melanophora sp., maybe Phyto sp.
There are ~2,000 species of blow flies, many distributed worldwide. As I learn more morphology and identification, I would like to try to get rarer species catalogued here. If you have a fly that looks like a blow fly... but it also kinda looks like a muscid or a tachinid... please tag me!

–all blow flies, esp. Protocalliphora, Lucilia, Cochliomyia, Catapicephala, Amenia, Sarconesiopsis, Roraimomusca, Booponus, Verticia, Blepharicnema splendens (my profile photo!)
–all bot flies, esp. Cuterebrinae and the Cuterebra buccata and C. princeps groups
–Diptera, esp. Oestroidea, Neomyia, Gymnocheta, Asilidae, Laphria, Diogmites, Rhagionidae, Dolichopodidae, Condylostylus... mostly Brachycera but also Blephariceridae, Psychodidae, Ptychopteridae
–parasitic and predatory insects, esp. Hymenoptera and Mantodea... esp. esp. really weird parasites
–Hymenoptera, esp. Pompilidae, Pepsis, Sphecidae, Xylocopa, Philanthus
–Neuroptera, esp. Ascalaphidae and Myrmeleontidae
–outside of Insecta, I adore raptors (esp. osprey, secretary bird, kestrels, and vultures), wild cats (esp. serval and Geoffroy's cat), coyotes and jackals, flycatchers and kingfishers, and weird little mammals like genets
–outside of extant animals... I adore Epicyon sp., Miracinonyx, Megaloceros, microraptors, and Archaeopteryx

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