[Syrphidae] FW: relaxing flies

Francis Gilbert Francis.Gilbert at nottingham.ac.uk
Thu Sep 29 10:23:01 BST 2022

from Robert

From: Robert Żóralski <r.zoralski at gmail.com>
Sent: 29 September 2022 08:46
To: Sander Bot <botsander at gmail.com>
Cc: hoverfly discussion list <syrphidae at lists.nottingham.ac.uk>
Subject: Re: [Syrphidae] relaxing flies

If the case is only male genitalia dissection for photography, I never use the mentioned method, but only put the tip of the abdomen into warm water for a minute or a few. This is not invasive to any other parts of the specimen (wings, pillosity, potentially dna etc.), of course as long as you are especially careful with "mechanics" and get this practiced.


czw., 29 wrz 2022, 07:49 użytkownik Sander Bot <botsander at gmail.com<mailto:botsander at gmail.com>> napisał:
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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