Researchers have discovered 30 never-before-seen types of flies buzzing about in the city of Los Angeles.
The finding recommends that we know less about the differing qualities of our winged neighbors than was previously thought.
The flies are all belonged to members of phorid family, and were caught in 30 bug traps set up in the backyards of property holders around the city. Phorid flies are somewhat littler than the fruit flies that drift over your bananas.
“Most people don’t even notice them, but they do an incredible array of different things that are important to helping our ecosystem function,” According to Brian Brown, curator of entomology at the museum and a phorid fly expert.
A few phorids prey on insect pests, others consume fungi, and still others eat rotting matter. There is even an animal varieties known as the casket fly that can burrow a few feet into the soil to lay their eggs in a dead body.
“Really, the world couldn’t function without these small creatures,” Brown mentioned.
Each of the 30 flies were found through a coordinated effort between the Museum of Natural History of Los Angeles and national researchers around the city called BioScan (Biodiveristy Science: City and Nature).
BioScan is a three-year examination of insect biodiversity in Los Angeles. The 30 property holders were selected by the exhibition hall to put bug traps in their terraces starting in 2014. These volunteers are in charge of changing out the gathering tubes in their traps consistently. They hand the insects they have gathered over to a museum representative every few weeks.
Brown said the quantity of insects gathered every week differs by the time of the year and where the lawn is, however even in winter, when insect activity is low, every tube can undoubtedly have a thousand examples in it. No thanks.