Diptera surveys at Smithills
Every morning offers something different at the Smithills Estate. If you are wondering what Phil is doing in these pictures he is surveying diptera (flies).
He’s been studying Smithills diptera for years. Over the next months and years we’ll be looking at species on the fire-damaged area and non-damaged area to see what affect the fire had on this diverse insect group, so watch this space..
So far the largest species we’ve seen today is Tipula paludosa, a large light-brown and common type of cranefly (not actually a daddy long-legs).