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Flies, Natural History Museum (London), fieldwork, Entomology, President of @AmEntSoc & wine lover. Author of 'The Secret Life of Flies'. Hon. F.R.E.S

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No privacy - even beneath the Ragwort flowers. Long Hoverfly (Sphaerophoria scripta) @flygirlNHM @Buzz_dont_tweet https://t.co/p0e0362hsX
Retweeted by Dr Erica McAlister @SJBKnott @SoldierfliesRS @hertsbna @StevenFalk1 @kitenet @judyweb32049878 @iancbeavis Oh i love thisStratiomys potamida ♀ today in Bengeo garden, truly stunning large soldierfly & fantastic wasp mimic.… https://t.co/oZd5WAaEma
Retweeted by Dr Erica McAlister @FranRowney @Envirotech_RND @AndWhitehouse @iRecordWildlife Do. I have just added one now and am feeling smug ;)Ignore the terrible photo, instead focus on the fact that today's 'whats in my garden' is Catharosia pygmaea 😀. Thi… https://t.co/JdqrboBrMmHoverflies are amazing! They can fly in bursts of up to 40km/hour & their larvae are voracious predators of aphids.… https://t.co/CGwFDBRkhi
Retweeted by Dr Erica McAlister @DaveBriceDogs good call - its a luniger, as they don't. That makes me happy as I had it at that with its head. Thank you!Now this should be very interesting. https://t.co/Db6fzTxS0XHover botherers - is this head Eupeodes luniger? Or E. corollary? Cheers x https://t.co/PgiRk3wHoX
7/16
2020
@BrytheFlyGuy Oh Bryan - 🤗 is all I can sayHoverflies are amazing! They can fly in bursts of up to 40km/hour & their larvae are voracious predators of aphids.… https://t.co/OPF6qqPI2b
Retweeted by Dr Erica McAlister @alisonberryman Isn’t it amazing? @artroomplant @stucairnsmaker My partner has just seen this and his face was pure joy! We loved it (I especially liked the fox legs!)clarification - 5 Pachygastrinae (not 5 Pachygaster). All of these species have terrestrial larvae and so get looking in your gardens :)Welcome back visitors. This will be one of the best times to visit - reduced numbers will lead to a more intimate e… https://t.co/4uCiCbrQir @CooperOE @StevenFalk1 Lovely photos @SoldierfliesRSThis morning I was happy find a few of the scarce Conopidae: Thecophora fulvipes in an adjacent meadow to Long Mead… https://t.co/ZtgkdyFFy2
Retweeted by Dr Erica McAlisterFirst garden malaise sample is being sorted. Once the moths were discarded the fun began... Today’s highlight was… https://t.co/N8DLpADTXy @cezzaedwards I guess the males are... 😉Gift giving is something this family of flies does very well. In fact in many cases the adult females don't hunt at… https://t.co/IxwWIjnMsT @mweiss_tue @amazon 👍 @CathHodsman @amazon ☹️
7/15
2020
@BobHenry57 @amazon That may be the case. But does that mean it’s a humane way to deal with perceived pests or just… https://t.co/XuvaKcZnF3Oebalia minuta eggs -- very cool! https://t.co/nHLRzs8uVj
Retweeted by Dr Erica McAlister @annesver @amazon Sticky traps for insects drive me insane and they’re legaldear @Mammal_Society - have you seen these? @SLeguil @amazon I don't get it. Who are these people buying/selling/designing these things?? It makes me absolutely livid...What is this @amazon ?? this is not humane - it is a very slow way of killing an animal - an animal that slowly dro… https://t.co/ae07mAGP8W @BFly52 @JackDAshby It was...I’m hopeful for the 6-winged insects to have made it to some nearby land mass @artroomplant @stucairnsmaker XxxTwitter can reveal to the world wonderful and artistic folks. Inspired by my mornings peanut raid @artroomplant has… https://t.co/omj3Hgxsgq @artroomplant @stucairnsmaker Oh that has made me cry!! that is wonderful!!Dear twitter - can you answer this plea? https://t.co/l0eoIgj1ZC @naturenut53 please tell me you took that photo - its brilliant @naturenut53 hehehehe @JackDAshby nothing?? there is hope Jack, hope?? @PaulWilliamsNHM @JackDAshby Will you be the PI then?In the organisation of my electronic files I came across a taxonomic review of #Snouters - a very in-depth study of… https://t.co/Lp2JP0vPFK @samchandler_ @JoJoAvery @SilphidaeUk @SilphidEsh @Buzz_dont_tweet @JWentomologist its a male - the females don't h… https://t.co/Ju2QgdeMTa @RoyEntSoc @Acongiu24 @Buzz_dont_tweet @DipteristsForum Indeed it was once purely dipterous but now it is mostly fu… https://t.co/WbN3w1yGrpHoverflies are amazing! They can fly in bursts of up to 40km/hour & their larvae are voracious predators of aphids.… https://t.co/kpEjLEVW7a
Retweeted by Dr Erica McAlister @TheProfRobin @matthewcobb But the sack has gone completely (the one in the picture is a sack of Nyger seeds). It w… https://t.co/ghaOEDAmCp @jolivsey @inky_r @matthewcobb Hehe @inky_r @matthewcobb Or something way more sinister... https://t.co/o28q4Ws6Gv @artroomplant https://t.co/KQsD06vlco @matthewcobb If I had badgers here I’d be amazed and very happy. I can’t quite see the squirrels organising themsel… https://t.co/UGHeJJKdHlWe’ve had a robbery...there was a large sack of peanuts.:..#foxes https://t.co/olCwli3VH7
7/14
2020
Had made a mini hoverfly lagoon, but comfrey rotting in a garden trug is way better. Not everyone’s cup of (comfrey… https://t.co/hK2dIBUfNe
Retweeted by Dr Erica McAlister @Natalie_yamyam @flygirlNHM @BBCRadio4 You can listen to her chatting to the @entocast team too 👍- great podcast https://t.co/wZkCLV1CCH
Retweeted by Dr Erica McAlister @Natalie_yamyam @BBCRadio4 Glad to have helped with you joining the #FlyAppreciationSocietyI highly recommend listening to the interview @flygirlNHM did on @BBCRadio4 Life Scientific about the beauty of fli… https://t.co/hBWOzSeVr5
Retweeted by Dr Erica McAlisterUp close in my garden! The value of the amazing hoverflies - Episyrphus balteatus - the marmalade hover fly… https://t.co/P1O8GgzNTL @DavidHo20704168 No idea! This is up to publishing! i will pass on your request...Today's Wild A-Z is 'M' - aphid-munching marmalade hoverfly larvae are adept at getting out of trouble - if they fa… https://t.co/CgMava7R50
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7/13
2020
@Lucy_Lapwing @BDSdragonflies that's the level of nerd I like! @RJCBennett Wasp - paging @BroadGavin @MarcHeathym007 @BDSdragonflies thanks for that x @entoarron They could be ‘fishing’ - adults are predators♂ Oxycera dives on the North York Moors yesterday...attractive medium-sized soldierfly with a northerly distributio… https://t.co/W6OoG3otxp
Retweeted by Dr Erica McAlister @entoarron Guardian competition @matthewcobb @BDSdragonflies It’s being able to do it all in one go - and leave bits of your eyes behind - like a s… https://t.co/cKJYWoioBmDear @BDSdragonflies - can you tell the species by the exuvia? Is this the abandoned skin of a hawker? It is stil… https://t.co/IJtQWEI9MN @SusanFalconer7 @BuglifeScotland This is a wonderful stiletto fly (Therevidae) - genus Thereva. You have a total hipster there 👊Flies are beginning to get the positive attention they deserve - soldier flies are some of the more attractive ones… https://t.co/xpnthisk7hA lovely Roe deer on yesterday’s Surrey ramble near Walton-on-the-hill. Lovely big commons/heath/woodland for these… https://t.co/6nVuITTzytThe rambles of Surrey are made all the better with a pint of nutty ale! https://t.co/EoB1rxJMY4When the clouds make a feather https://t.co/YbPEwjVNUt
7/12
2020
@JoJoAvery @SilphidaeUk @SilphidEsh @Buzz_dont_tweet @JWentomologist Love a DermapteraNot found my #nicrophorus investigator yet (anyone finds one I need it!!) But was lucky to see this lovely lady tod… https://t.co/dBwI6Jbufk
Retweeted by Dr Erica McAlister @Peculiar @LaughingGravy71 Yours or mine?Today’s rural ramble in #Surrey will apparently be exhilarating..I love this book 📚 https://t.co/W5yQNp5eGY @LaughingGravy71 @PeterBoland19 @Peculiar @LaughingGravy71 - you should be my agent! @PeterBoland19 @LaughingGravy71 @Peculiar They are prescribed on the NHS - we are understanding more and more about… https://t.co/ympolHcyMt @PeterBoland19 @LaughingGravy71 @Peculiar Wish I did.....@Peculiar, in this passage from a wonderful book by @flygirlNHM 'The Secret Life Of Flies', this chap not only sha… https://t.co/ytKQRLkw8t
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7/11
2020
@JeanetteHall9 it is my go-to measurement @StevenPinedaR @adriawildlife These look like Laphria sp. @domgreves millions of erica-botsoh my - this is wonderful for #Flyfriday....and it may have been a letter from me 😉 https://t.co/fcw1s5VkZoAnthomyia sp fly? Seen in my garden, very nice markings. @NHM_Diptera @DipteristsForum @Buzz_dont_tweet @insectweekhttps://t.co/XVvVBLseNE
Retweeted by Dr Erica McAlister @lisajrwilliams @NHM_Diptera @DipteristsForum @Buzz_dont_tweet @insectweek best cone heads @SarahVallance3 @georgecmcgavin @Britnatureguide I believe it is P. rufipes. The @RoyEntSoc key states that it is v… https://t.co/kwtzG1QGCO @StevenPinedaR @adriawildlife or you!! haha @StevenPinedaR @adriawildlife its a bug (true bug) but i can't tell me more @002Tomo @Cavalry_Chopper @WildlifeMag @WoodlandTrust Its a Horse fly - and a Tabanus species (but i would like bet… https://t.co/P6w1m19m6UGreat paper on bot flies #flyfriday https://t.co/rtLG1SUytf
7/10
2020
@lisajrwilliams @RSPBMiddleton @Natures_Voice @NHM_Diptera @DipteristsForum @Buzz_dont_tweet @insectweek @xylota @kitenet @uksarcs @GaryWVC76 @NHM_Diptera @ScottShanks01 I think Sepsis sp, sepsidaeAnother super hoverfly in the garden today - the hornet mimic Volucella zonaria @flygirlNHM @NHM_Londonhttps://t.co/e36gvZDp2g
Retweeted by Dr Erica McAlister @BeetlesYeehaw Oh you may be seeing us at the @NHM_London then 😉 @BeetlesYeehaw How lovely. Where are you doing your masters?Tucking into @flygirlNHM ‘the secret life of flies’ in prep for my ento masters. Wish I had this before my disserta… https://t.co/aft5gximCl
Retweeted by Dr Erica McAlister @domgreves https://t.co/0x6fSipep5 @Mike_Hus https://t.co/XKsqXpvsWvShe’s all quiet. Our sleeping museum. Wrapped up in a bed of security #museum https://t.co/ixr4AG6r7j @BFly52 @Bertonemyia @elgatoabeja @liquidanbar Its the simple things. A good fly can swell many a heart @ChloeWainwrigh6 @wwf_uk @YWT_North @WildlifeTrusts @WildlifeMag It really is a squadron of flies @OW_Photography No, I doubt that - you have your fly whispering talent to thank for seeing itJust got to work and upon opening my mail I came across this. There are some lovely folks out there… https://t.co/wU9VEhxzsK @uksarcs @OW_Photography @CanonUKandIE I meant to tag you in as I thought so too! Distracted as part time back at work so can’t play as much
7/9
2020

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