• Views from Penobscot Mountain summit.

    Acadia

    National Park Maine

BioBlitz Series - Fly (Diptera) Blitz

A numbered fly is held in the hand of a researcher. Photo by Peggy Grub, USDA.

USDA/Peggy Grub

The Maine Diptera Blitz was held from noon on Saturday, July 15, to noon on Sunday, July 16, 2006, at the Schoodic Education and Research Center. More than 40 naturalists, both professional and amateur, attended and contributed to the event. A number of institutions were represented, including the Maine Forest Service, University of Maine, Maine Entomological Society, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, National Museum of Natural History, Northern Kentucky University, North Carolina State University, Cleveland State University, and the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.

Preliminary results counted 50 families and approximately 261 morphospecies. Various experts are performing the final identification of the specimens and beginning to compile species lists. Stay tuned for the final results! The Maine Diptera Blitz was sponsored by the Maine Entomological Society, National Park Service, Maine Forest Service, University of Maine, and the George B. Dorr Museum of Natural History at College of the Atlantic.

 

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