Wildlife Research, Monitoring & Mentoring

Deer Bot Fly

Deer Bot Fly

Flies – the order Diptera – are an incredibly diverse group, and they’ve evolved an astonishing array of bizarre life histories. I recently encountered an example of one of the stranger things the world of Diptera has to offer: the bot fly...
Lawn Conversion Tips

Lawn Conversion Tips

Spring is a time of year when many of us focus on clearing out the old to prepare for the new.  If you’ve watched or read anything by Marie Kondo, you’ve probably learned some pointers on clearing clutter and simplifying your life to cultivate more...
Bee Season!

Bee Season!

While spring is still just getting started, the first of the Vineyard’s native bees are already on the wing. Queen bumblebees, having overwintered under the leaf litter, are starting to rouse themselves to found new colonies. And solitary bees, many of them...
Stiletto flies

Stiletto flies

Perhaps because of their elongated shape, members of the fly family Therevidae have acquired the common name “stiletto flies.” This is a smallish fly family, widespread but said to be most diverse in Australia; bugguide reports only 150 species in this...