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BioSCAN is the World's Largest Urban Biodiversity Study. Millions of Insects from in and around Los Angeles have, and continue to be, collected. Currently, BioSCAN is gearing up for Phase II of the project which will survey L.A. from ocean to desert. Photo Credit: Kelsey Bailey

Insects of the LA Basin - Available Now!

Check out the 3rd edition of Insects of the Los Angeles Basin and learn about the amazing diversity of insects that share our city!

Revised and edited by James N. Hogue, with a new preface by NHM's Entomology Curator Brian Brown!

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Brown, B.V. 2018. After “the call”: a review of urban insect ecology trends from 2000–2017. pp. 4-17 in Hartop, E.A. and B.V. Brown (editors).

Hartop, E.A. and B.V. Brown. 2018. Beyond pests: Biodiversity in the urban environment. International Congress of Entomology 25-30 September 2016, Orlando, Florida, USA. Zoosymposia 12:1-89.

Ganjisaffar, F.,  E. J. Talamas, M.C. Bon, L. Gonzalez, B.V. Brown, and T.M. Perring. 2018. Trissolcus hyalinipennis Rajmohana & Narendran (Hymenoptera, Scelionidae), a parasitoid of Bagrada hilaris (Burmeister) (Hemiptera, Pentatomidae), emerges in North America. Journal of Hymenoptera Research. 65: 111-130.

Prudic, K.L., J.C. Oliver, B.V. Brown, and E.C. Long. 2018. Comparisons of Citizen Science Data-Gathering Approaches to Evaluate Urban Butterfly Diversity. Insects 2018, 9, 186.

Urban Nature Gardens at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County attract “wildlife spectacle” of insect pollinators.
Emily A. Hartop, Elizabeth Long, Carol Bornstein, Lisa A. Gonzalez, Brian V. Brown

Backyard Biodiversity: Unraveling life histories of the new fly species discovered by the BioSCAN Project proves harder than first assumed.
Emily A. Hartop, Lisa A. Gonzalez, Brian V. Brown


Mystery mushroom malingerers: Megaselia marquezi Hartop et al. 2015 (Diptera: Phoridae).
Brian V. Brown and Emily A. Hartop


Big data from tiny flies: patterns revealed from over 42,000 phorid flies (Insecta: Diptera: Phoridae) collected over one year in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Brian V. Brown and Emily A. Hartop

Flies from L.A., The Sequel: A further twelve new species of Megaselia (Diptera: Phoridae) from the BioSCAN Project in Los Angeles (California, USA).
Emily A. Hartop, Brian V. Brown, R. Henry L. Disney

A new species of Megaselia Rondani (Diptera: Phoridae) from the BioSCAN Project in Los Angeles, California, with clarification of confused type series for two other species.
Emily A. Hartop, Maria A. Wong, and Charles S. Eiseman


Opportunity in our Ignorance: Urban Biodiversity Study Reveals 30 New Species and One New Nearctic Record for Megaselia (Diptera: Phoridae) in Los Angeles (California, USA)
Emily A. Hartop, Brian V. Brown, R. Henry L. Disney

Stange Little Flies in the Big City: Exotic Flower-Breeding Drosophilidae (Diptera) in Urban Los Angeles
David Grimaldi, Paul S. Ginsberg, Lesley Thayer, Shane McEvey, Martin Hauser, Michael Turelli2, Brian Brown

The Natural History Museum’s BioSCAN Project:Pioneers on the Urban Frontier of Los Angeles
Emily Hartop, Brian Brown


30 New Species Discovered in Los Angeles In First-ever Intensive Urban Biodiversity Survey
NHM Press Release

The tip of the iceberg: a distinctive new spottedwing Megaselia species (Diptera: Phoridae) from a tropical cloud forest survey and a new,streamlined method for Megaselia descriptions
Emily A. Hartop, Brian V. Brown

Recognition of Megaselia arizonensis (Malloch, 1912) (Diptera: Phoridate), A Common North American Fly
Brian V. Brown, Emily A. Hartop

New Types of Inventories at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
Brian V. Brown, Art Borkent, Regina Wetzer, Dean Pentcheff

Looking for Nature in L.A.
Lila Higgins, Emily Hartop

Meet Team BioSCAN
Jessica Portner


Night Watchers Wanted
Jessica Portner

BioSCAN Begins
Dean Pentcheff