Collections of single P transposable-element insertion strains that currently inactivate more than 25% of essential Drosophila genes have proven to be a valuable tool for genome research in Drosophila melanogaster. For genes unrepresented in these collections, strategies including local P element transposition and transposase-induced imprecise excision can be used to inactivate or delete the gene of interest. Here we report our use of local P element transposition followed by imprecise P element excision and transposase-induced male recombination to generate two deficiencies specific for the EcR-A isoform of the ecdysone receptor ( EcR) gene, and four larger deficiencies likely to affect multiple EcR functions. We also report here the determination of sequences flanking six EcR-B deficiencies generated in a previous imprecise excision screen. EcR-A encodes one of a family of three related nuclear receptor proteins that, together with the heterodimer partner USP, mediate ecdysone signaling during Drosophila development. Our results delineate sequences required in vivo for EcR-A function, as well as identifying EcR-A intron 1 sequences that are not essential for EcR function.