Home of the world’s smallest fly

The world’s smallest fly (0.40 mm long) was collected at Kaeng Krachan National Park in Thailand, the country’s largest.

It is a beautiful place with hot lowlands and misty highlands where the forests are crawling with land leeches.

There are many large mammals in this park, including leopards.

We conducted a training course for the Thai parks staff who would be helping us; here is Mike Sharkey leading the group on how to properly use a Malaise trap. The fly, Euryplatea nanaknihali, was collected by one of the many traps placed in this field.

4 comments on “Home of the world’s smallest fly

  1. Jeff says:

    Wow, gorgeous topography.

  2. gunnarmk says:

    Are your Malaise traps disturbed by any of the large mammals? When I did fieldwork in Uganda I was always cautious to place the traps far away from any fruiting tree, to avoid them to be destroyed by curious primates.

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