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Fly Reference 'Collection'

Scott Nelson, under image #37154, wondered about the suitability of mounted specimens for BG. I believe it would make a useful project to have good museum-type images of every fly genus somewhat in the style that Bob Patterson has done for moths in his Moth Photographers Group (MPG) plates. A quick browse through the Diptera on BG turned up these images:
We still need shots of living insects in the field, but a reference collection such as those depicted above, suitably labelled, would be a great asset for identification. Any volunteers to take on such a project? A DPG (Diptera Photographers Group)!

Other taxa as well.
I am about to acquire a microsope, with a photo tube, and will eventually purchase a digital camera. With any luck, I hope to image many specimens in my collection which I can post here. The bulk of what I have identified, or others have identified, is in Hymenoptera and Coleoptera, with a few Asilidae and many Syrphidae as well. My specimens are nicely prepared and aesthetically pleasing:-)

Good Idea
Tony, I have several flies in my collection which could be photographed and put into such a reference collection, and I know many others do too. I don't know how Bob put the collection of moths in such a format, but I have often referred to them for identification of my own collected moths. Hats off to him. :) I will help where I can. Is Diptera a specialty of your, Tony?

We (you or someone!) don't need to follow MPG format, simply use some orderly classification with headings for Family and Genus (and species). I have conducted research on blood-feeding Diptera and I guess my specialty is Tabanidae.

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