Also on a somewhat sadder note my favorit fly in another project (named Fitzpatrick after Sheila Fitzpatrick that investigated hoverfly territoriality in the field in the 80s) has passed on. He reached the age of 74 days, which for a fly is likely not a bad age. He became my favourite fly by elegantly displaying that he could consider participating in my experiments and thus re lit my spark of hope for the project. He than carried on to give me several data points during his life. Experiments will continue in his spirit and I'll think of a suitable resting place the fly that made me believe again (likely a fancy insect pin in an airtight container).
By Malin: I will continue to devote some of my time to the Natural history museum in Stockholm also next year (Yey!). So my wonderful mentor Yngve suggested that we could try and use the museums vast collections for some sort of project. Yesterday I tentatively started to investigate how much of the material that could be of use to us and we have decided to start the project with a deeper look at the Eristalis genus and then if time allows and the results suggest we continue, we will also include other genera in our study. I'm super excited to be doing this and hopefully it will turn out into something useful.
The hoverfly vision group can be found at 2 locations: At Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia, and at Uppsala University in Sweden. To find out more about us and our research, browse through the pages.