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Recording scheme presentation

This presentation was given at the Bedfordshire Natural History Society "neglected insects" conference in November 2016:

Two new pages on the website

Two new pages have been added today:

Soldierfly records on the NBN Gateway

The National Biodiversity Network (NBN) is a partnership of many organisations involved in biological recording, and one of its main functions is to enable records to be shared via the NBN Gateway website.

Checklist spreadsheet now available

A Soldierflies and Allies Checklist is now available (Excel spreadsheet, 26kb). It includes a list of all species covered by the recording scheme, giving a brief summary of distribution and habitats.

Important Invertebrate Areas

Data from the Soldierflies and Allies Recording Scheme has now been supplied to Buglife to help inform the "Important Invertebrate Areas" project. Buglife say "Important Invertebrate Areas are nationally and internationally significant places for the conservation of invertebrates and the habitats upon which they rely.

Records updated on NBN Gateway

The Biological Records Centre has recently updated the soldierfly records from iRecord onto the National Biodiversity Network Gateway website.

Malcolm Smart's paper on Machimus robberflies

Malcolm Smart has kindly provided a copy of his 2005 paper (PDF download, 7MB) on the identification of three confusingly similar robberflies: Kite-tailed Robberfly Machimus atricapillus, Brown Heath Robberfly M. cingulatus and Irish Robberfly M.

Guide to identifying the downlooker flies in genus Rhagio

New to this website: illustrated guide to distinguishing the two 'downlooker' flies, Rhagio scolopaceus and Rhagio strigosus. These are the only two species in genus Rhagio that have wings with mottled dark markings, but they are very similar to each other - check the antennae to tell them apart!

Spiky snipefly

A record recently arrived on iRecord that stood out from the rest:

New "Projects" page - join in to help record soldierflies and allies

I've added a new page called "Projects" that will allow me to highlight any particular species or sites for which the recording scheme is seeking information.


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