World of Flesh Flies
Collecting and preparation

Krzysztof in the UAEMalaise-trap in the UAE This site could be a really useful way of sharing the often very scattered information on how to collect and prepare flesh flies. What do we use as baits? How do you best transport 'smelly' bait, and how do you expose the bait in different habitats? What is known on station-taking sites? How do we recognize good hilltops?

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Flies from EcuadorSarcophaga sp. A good preparation greatly facilitates the subsequent identification and improves the descriptive taxonomy. Be sure to spread the genitalia of males shortly after your field work. Transfer your catch from the killing jar into smaller vials or canisters with a rolled-up leave inside to keep the humidity high. A plug of cotton or tissue paper will prevent the specimens from rumbling around. Prepare your catch later the same evening or even better the following evening. This ensures that all rigor mortis has dissappeared and the specimens are soft and pliable. The pinned specimen is then put at a very acute angle relative to the foam in your box, and you can hold the terminalia in an extended position by placing minutens as shown on the photo to the right.

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Last updated: 25 October 2009.
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