Sealions and flies

We drove to Washinton state through California and Oregon along the west coast of USA, stopping now and then to collect flies. We got flies, but not the right ones. A touristical high point on this part of journey was a visit a huge sea lion cave (try to imagine the noise and smell).

 The coast was beautiful.

In Oregon we started to see more and more alders and in Washinton also some aspen trees. And then we started to get D. montana. The northernmost sample is about 60 km from the Canadian border (about 100 km south from Vancouver) and the next one about 100 km southwards. We are still collecting larger samples from these sites and then we will begin to move southwards. We have also collected some flies, which look like D. melanogaster group flies, and a lot of D. obscura group flies.

I think that we came here just in right time. It is early spring – resembles the time in Mayday in Jyväskylä.

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1 Comment

  1. Hannele said,

    April 17, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    I hope that your good luck will continue in collecting flies and that you will get lot’s of montana flies, maybe also melanogaster flies itself. They are really waited here in Italy! Greetings from Italy!


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