Insect diversity @ McGill
The blog and website of the Wheeler lab and the Lyman Museum at McGill University. Posts about arthropods, natural history, taxonomy, ecology, science culture, and life (or something like it) in academia.
All content copyright Terry A. Wheeler 2011-2016, unless otherwise noted.
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Tag Archives: Agromyzidae
Taxonomy is a dynamic science. It evolves over time. We collect new specimens, we develop new tools for studying biodiversity, and our theoretical approaches to describing the diversity of life change. All of these developments mean that the names of … Continue reading
There are many reasons why insects are the most diverse group of animals on the planet One of them is herbivory. Feeding on plants opens a huge number of opportunities for insects to diversify. There are new food sources to … Continue reading
Not all new discoveries in biodiversity happen in the wild places. In this guest post from Stéphanie Boucher, Curator of the Lyman Museum, we meet two little surprises from an urban backyard garden in the middle of Montreal. Phytomyza petoei … Continue reading
The second issue of a three-part series of The Canadian Entomologist celebrating the editors of the Manual of Nearctic Diptera has just been published. Our Curator, Stéphanie Boucher, has a paper in the issue in which she revises the Nearctic … Continue reading
I was updating our database of Diptera holdings in the museum this week and thinking about the enormous range in numbers of specimens in some families (see my earlier post on “why so many specimens?”). The Lyman Collection is very … Continue reading
The second volume of the Manual of Central American Diptera has recently been published, with several chapters by Lyman personnel. Stéphanie Boucher contributed the chapter on Agromyzidae and Terry Wheeler wrote five family chapters in Volume 2 (Camillidae, Carnidae, Chloropidae, Chyromyidae, Paraleucopidae) … Continue reading