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Posted by Erica McAlister Sep 3, 2010

I thought that i would just add some photos of a recent collecting trip with some of the volunteers.


at first the volunteers seemed very relaxed about the sampling...


volis lying down.jpg


But soon they became more excited...



Action shot through some woodlands - James the volunteer at the front seemed to be the most excited all weekend!


and below is a typical dipterist pose....


See another one at it.....



and yet more....




...but once all of the flies have been caught (and killed!) it is down to the serious business of pinning and mounting the specimens.



and my, weren't they dedicated....




Kim Goodger and I gave them some pointers..




kim teaching.jpg


and for three days we collected....


from woodlands after the rain..


(i would advise never approaching this group...)


through the salt marshes..




and up on the heathlands...




and the specimens arrived back at the Museum for the fun task of identification of the material...


final specimens.jpg


All in all, a good time was had by all!




Definitely organise a trip like that again!

Erica McAlister

Member since: Sep 3, 2009

I'm Erica McAlister, Curator of Diptera in the Entomology Department. My role involves working in the collection (I have about 30000 species to look after and over a million specimens), sometimes in the lab, and thankfully sometimes in the field.

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