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Moscow: after hot & dry 2010 summer
Nikita Vikhrev
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Posted on 17-06-2011 08:31
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The July and most of August 2010 was extremelly hot and dry in Central Russia: according historical data the hottest during 500 year, according other methods the hottest for at least last 5000 years.
I'd like to report the consequences of this drought. Now in mid June the amount of flies is about 10 times less than usually and the collecting in Moscow region is generally useless this year. This opinion is also shared by my friend and colleagues Andrey Ozerov and Dmitry Gavryushin. My group - Mucsidae suffered badly, Dima's Limoniidae substantially. On the contrary, some hot&dry-loving groups as Asilidae or wasps seems unusually numeruous.
Edited by Nikita Vikhrev on 17-06-2011 08:33
Nikita Vikhrev - Zool Museum of Moscow University
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Interesting, because recently in southern England we have had the opposite - cool, wet Summers and often hotter, drier Springs. The number of tachinids seemed to suffer in the summers but that might have been made worse by the fact that it was so hard to find weather suitable for collecting insects. But the numbers of species and qualities were OK last year.

How are tachinids this year? Have you seen more due to that warm summer or did they suffer because their hosts suffered?
Manager of the UK Species Inventory in the Angela Marmont Centre for UK Biodiversity at the Natural History Museum, London.
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Tachinid seem OK.
Or Tachinid are more noticeable in absence of Muscoidea...
Nikita Vikhrev - Zool Museum of Moscow University
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