[Syrphidae] relaxing flies

Sander Bot botsander at gmail.com
Thu Sep 29 06:48:51 BST 2022

Hi all,

Sometimes I need to relax flies to extract genitalia or to model them for
photography. I use the method described in the attached paper, which works
really well. Working with steam has one disadvantage though, the wings
often wrinkle.
I heard there is a slower method to relax flies, which takes a day or so in
which the wings do not wrinkle. Does anybody have experience with this and
is happy to share this method?


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