This blog is about flies, which make up an incredibly underappreciated 10% of the world’s biodiversity. I don’t intend to make it comprehensive, as there are lots of other websites that attempt to fulfill that goal. Rather, my aim is to convey how amazing, beautiful and interesting these creatures can be.
I am Curator of Entomology at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, where I have been working since 1993. My research is on systematics, taxonomy, phylogeny, and natural history of phorid flies, as well as biodiversity inventories, especially in tropical forests, but also in local backyards. I am also interested, as a hobbyist, in angraecoid orchids and backyard fruit growing.