Brian's interest in the Blephariceridae developed early in his career.
In 1959, Brian's revision of Madagascan Blephariceridae, resulting from his first Madagascan expedition (only) was published (Stuckenberg 1959).
An extract from Brian's correspondence with another blepharicerid specialist, Gregory Courtney (dated 26 July 1991), gives some indication of Brian's insights into Blephariceridae microhabitats in Madagascar: 'I soon learned that every waterfall, cascade, and even wet rock surface had to be checked, because members of this family could survive on astonishingly small sites provided there was regular rainfall in the summer.
Brian had submitted his Madagascan Blephariceridae research to the University of Natal as a potential PhD thesis, but there was a problem with Brian's supervisor, Prof.
The Cape Fold Mountains retain Gondwanan Blephariceridae, Psychodidae, Empididae, Africa's only tanyderid, and close-to-basal Chironomidae (Kirk-Spriggs & Stuckenberg 2009: 178).