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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.

The latest newsletter is now available

The recording scheme Newsletter no. 5 (spring 2018) is now available to read online and download.

This issue includes:

Bee-fly Watch 2018 - when will the first bee-fly appear?

We had a fantastic response to Bee-fly Watch last year, with over 1,300 records - see the 2017 summary page.

Soldierflies and allies at the 2018 Dipterists Forum workshop, Preston Montford -

This is the annual workshop meeting for Dipterists Forum at Preston Montford FSC, Shropshire. This year soldierflies and allies are one of the groups being covered.

Brilliant new field guide to robberflies

A fantastic new book on robberflies has been published: Field guide to the robberflies of the Netherlands and Belgium, by Reinoud van der Broeck and André Schulten. An English-language version is available, and the guide covers all the British species with excellent photos and illustrations at a very reasonable price.

Some maps for World Robberfly Day

Today is World Robberfly Day. an event with a long and distinguished history, dating all the way back to a bright idea from Erica McAlister in 2015.

Bee-fly Watch update at 10 April 2017

A mid-season summary of the data on the two spring-active bee-flies can be downloaded here.


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