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Identification workshop at Oxford University Museum of Natural History for soldierflies and allies

We're running a workshop on the identification of soldierflies and allies in Oxford on Sunday 27 September. This is an indoor workshop, where there will be the opportunity to work with the museum's microscopes and insect collections to familiarise yourself with the full range of species, and practice keying things out. Full details are available at:

Bee-fly makes beautiful Buglife bug of the month

Bee-flies will be out any day now, and to celebrate Buglife have a great bee-fly feature as their 'Bug of the month'. Don't forget to check the recording scheme's bee-fly page as well, complete with downloadable identification guide.

Superb Southern Silver-stiletto shooting in Shropshire

Nigel Jones has been shooting (in the photographic sense) a great series of photos of the Southern Silver-stiletto (Therevidae: Cliorismia rustica) and its habitat.

Two soldierfly larvae

Visit Jonathan Neal's blog to see a superb close-up by Fabrice Parais of the delicate, feathery respiratory hairs at the tip of a soldier-fly larva. The photo won an honorable mention at the 2014 Nikon Small World photographic competition.

Latest recording scheme newsletter now available

Newsletter no. 2 for the Soldierflies and Allies Recording Scheme has now been distributed to DF members, and is also available to download or read online.

Many thanks to all who have contributed to this issue - there are some fascinating insights into the species. Contents include:

"British soldierflies and their allies" now published!

British soldierflies and their allies - coverThe much-anticipated second edition of "British soldierflies and their allies" has now been published – hurrah!

Updated bee-fly guide

The recording scheme guide to bee-flies in genus Bombylius (PDF download) has been updated this month to include some extra photos of the Western Bee-fly, Bombylius canescens.

Brilliant new guide to Dutch soldierflies - available for download

Some really excellent photographic identification guides have been produced recently by our colleagues in the Netherlands.

Snipe-fly in the news

It's not every day that snipe-flies (Rhagionidae) get featured in the press, but here is a nice article about the Golden-backed Snipe-fly (Rhagio thoracicus), an American species. (Thanks to Ruud van der Weele for passing on the link via Facebook.

A bit about bee-flies

Bee-flies are probably the most familiar of all the species covered by this recording scheme, and now is the time of year when many people notice the Dark-edged Bee-fly in their garden and wonder what it is.

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