Diptera collections management

Diptera specimens are carefully preserved in a variety of ways:

  • dried specimens mounted on pins - for the majority of adult Diptera
  • as microscope slides - for small specimens, or dissected body parts of
    larger ones
  • preserved in fluid, especially for Diptera larvae, or trap samples of adults
  • boxed items - with leaves mined, or plant galls formed by Dipterous larvae, preserved in herbarium sheets

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Erica McAlister, Curator of Diptera, and her colleagues on fieldwork

What happens behind the scenes in the Museum's Life Sciences Department? Curator Erica McAlister has about 30,000 species of fly to look after, and fieldwork trips at home and abroad. Her life is never dull!

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