The Lamp lab is getting the word out about black flies to Maryland insect enthusiasts. The latest edition of the Maryland Entomologist, the yearly publication of the Maryland Entomological Society, features an article written by several member of the lab regarding the black flies of Washington County. This paper summarizes the work done during the summer of 2014, both by us and by our resident volunteers.
The main findings of the paper include the species of the nuisance fly, Simulium jenningsi, and the results of our stream surveys which found these larvae within Antietam Creek and the Potomac River. These were great points of preliminary data for our current study, which looks in depth at where both the larvae and flies are found throughout the region.
If you are interested in seeing how our previous result write-up has evolved, please download the PDF of the article below.