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#1 2014-02-18 11:48:55

Name: Darwyn Sumner
Registered: 2008-02-20
Posts: 394

Photographic guides - Tetanocera

An awful lot of photographers seem to capture images of Tetanocera, take a look at diptera.info and you'll find a list of identification requests 16 pages long. Many of them are identified, usually by Stephane but there are still a lot that are not (maybe these are not possible)
I thought it might be useful to have a crack at creating a pictorial guide to this Genus.
So here's the project.
Source "borrowed" images from diptera.info (remembering to stamp them with their author's name and the diptera.info link in case we need to go back and ask permission) particularly those identified ones where Stephane has helpfully provided ID notes. Add photographs from other sources, especially those rare ones where a specimen was taken at the same time.
Assemble them onto a page (using DTP), add lots of arrows and labels, create pdf, make it freely available here and on diptera.info. I guess it would look something like a Wildguide page(s) without the species description text, but maybe with photographic tips like "make sure you have a frontal head shot" or "can't be done unless you get bristles on hind femur"  etc.
This seems to be a small "doable" project since there are only 9 UK species and maybe not much more if we do Europe.
So I'm plodding away at that, if anyone cares to collaborate please get in touch. It would be handy if collaborators used iMatch for picture management and all the current keys (+ my workshop paste-up). I have the necessary Adobe DTP.
If you want an inspiring artistic shot, try http://www.diptera.info/forum/viewthrea … d_id=46741

Darwyn Sumner
DF Bulletin Editor, Scheme Organiser: Stilt & Stalk Flies



#2 2018-09-18 23:12:52

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Name: Michael Woods
From: Kent UK
Registered: 2018-07-24
Posts: 32

Re: Photographic guides - Tetanocera

Hello Darwyn,

Has anyone taken you up on this project yet? I worked as an illustrator for 40 years and take photos (including a couple of Tetanocera), have software to do layouts etc and might be able to help. The idea relates to something I've been mulling over for a few days.




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