Fast black flies that periodically infest Dr. Larry Marh's Drosophila lab at the University of California, Irvine - Megaselia scalaris -
Irvine, Orange County, California, USA August 13, 2010 Size: ~3mm
These little guys appear in our lab fairly frequently, and are really annoying. There are probably around 30 of them flying around our lab right now. Dr. Peter Bryant, whose office is down the hall, suggested that they might be some kind of parasitic fly feeding on the Drosophila carcasses or something, but he couldn't get any more specific and suggested we send some pics to you guys. We would love to figure out where they're coming from so we can get rid of them. They're getting into our tubes, laying eggs, and generally wreaking havoc. Any help you could give would be great, but (mostly out of curiosity) I'd be really interested in knowing their precise scientific name.
Contributed by Brett Barbaro on 13 August, 2010 - 9:19pm Last updated 14 August, 2010 - 7:06pm
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