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30 never-before-seen species of flies discovered in Los Angeles
30 never-before-seen species of flies discovered in Los Angeles

Scientists have found 30 never-before-seen species of flies buzzing about in the city of Los Angeles.   The discovery suggests that we know less about the diversity of our winged neighbors than was previously thought.  The flies are all members of the phorid family, and were captured in 30 insect traps set up in the backyards of homeowners around the city. Phorid flies are a little smaller than the fruit flies that hover over your bananas.  "Most people don't even notice them, but they do an incredible array of different things that are important to helping our ecosystem function," said Brian Brown, curator of entomology at the museum and a...

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