I was delighted to see my work featured in Erica McAlister’s new book on diptera: ‘The Inside Out of Flies’, published by London’s Natural History Museum last month.
The photograph in question shows hundreds of eggs laid by a member of the horse fly family (Tabanidae).
Erica uses the reproductive strategy of horse flies to illustrate r/K selection theory:
r-selected species are seen as more opportunistic and are able to propogate more quickly if the environment is suitable, whereas K-strategists spend more time investing in a few offspring to give them whatever competitive advantages they can to prosper in what are often already crowded niches
The original image from my archive is shown below:
- See more Invertebrate images on my photographic website
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