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New: larvae of soldierflies and allies

Soldierfly larvaA section on larvae and other early stages has been added to the Soldierflies and Allies Recording Scheme website. This is work in progress and will hopefully build up into a useful resource.

Bee-fly guide: revised version now available

The recording scheme guide to bee-flies in genus Bombylius has been updated to provide some more information on how to distinguish the two clear-winged summer bee-flies: Western Bee-fly Bombylius canescens, and Heath Bee-fly Bombylius minor. (The section on the two pattern-winged spring bee-flies remains unchanged.)

Cheshire Horsefly rediscovered in Cheshire

During 2018, the Tanyptera Trust's North West Invertebrates project commissioned a survey of two horseflies in north-west England: Cheshire Horsefly (Atylotus plebeius) and Broad-headed Horsefly (Hybomitra lurida). These species are known from moss and bog habitats in the Cheshire Plain, but neither had been recorded since the 20th century.

Identification workshop, London, 5 January 2019

We are running another workshop in the popular BENHS series: An introduction to Soldierflies and allied groups. This will be held at the Angela Marmont Centre in the Natural History Museum in London. For full details see the BENHS website.
 

New identification resources

Two new identification comparison pages have been added to the website recently:

Take part in Bee-fly Watch 2018

As I write this, no-one has yet reported a bee-fly sighting in 2018! In 2017 the first one was on 2 March, so it's a late spring as far as the bee-flies are concerned.

But they will be here soon I'm sure, and as soon as you do start seeing them please report them to our Bee-fly Watch project. To find out how to take part go to:

Bumper pack of resources from the Dipterists Forum workshop

Hybomitra head markings (photo by Malcolm Storey)Last weekend the annual Dipterists Forum workshop took place at Preston Montford Field Studies Centre, and focused on two groups of flies: the Anthomyiidae and the Soldierflies and allies.

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