The “king of scuttle flies” who continues to discover new species

Henry Disney admits that the task of classifying hundreds of species of scuttle fly has sometimes seemed a crazy undertaking. But his deteriorating eyesight hasn’t stopped him from becoming a world expert in the taxonomy of possibly the most challenging genus in the animal kingdom.

Henry Disney in his lab (Nick Saffell)
Megaselia scalaris — a species of forensic importance — illustrated by Arthur Smith
Part of the identification key in a 20th-century monograph with Disney’s annotations
A card index system of scuttle fly species identified by Disney
Slide mounts of dissected scuttle flies drying on a hot plate



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