Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada
Terry Wheeler, Contributor
Contact:
Photo-vouchers: I am willing to accept specimens of Chloropidae (and possibly other acalyptrate families) as photo vouchers. Many species cannot be reliably identified from photos so a fly in the hand can be very helpful. Given that many North American chloropids are undescribed, there is also a good chance that new species are turning up on BG. Contact me by email for further details.
City, state, country:
Montreal, QC, Canada
Biography:

Note: Terry passed away in the summer of 2017.

I'm an Associate Professor of Entomology, and Director of the Lyman Entomological Museum at McGill University. My primary research interests are in the taxonomy and community ecology of higher flies, especially acalyptrates. I have a particular fondness for the family Chloropidae, but I've also published on several other families of Diptera, often in collaboration with my students.

In addition to doing research, I teach, blog, consult and promote insect diversity and natural history. My collaborators include traditional academic scientists and students as well as keen amateurs.

Although I don't have as much time as I would like to devote to BugGuide, I try to check in when I can to provide family names for unidentified Diptera, as well as generic and species names for groups I am more familiar with (and when sometimes cryptic characters are visible in the photos).

This is definitely not a one-way flow of information. In the short time I've been involved with BugGuide, I've already found photos of undescribed species, undocumented behaviors, and new records of rare species, thanks to keen-eyed photographers and naturalists.