Discovering Diptera: Flies Under the Microscope

Hoverflies, horseflies, houseflies, fruit flies, soldierflies, bee-flies, craneflies, greenbottles, mosquitoes and more: flies are all around us, but are often overlooked or even actively discouraged. In fact the true flies, or Diptera, are one of the most species-rich orders of insect in the UK, with over 7,000 species to choose from.

This day course will provide an introduction to the Diptera, getting familiar with some of the major families and with a focus on some of the larger and more colourful species in the hoverfly, soldierfly, robberfly and related families. The course will be mostly based in the classroom, using microscopes and specimens to learn how to identify the different groups. We will also spend a short time outside searching for winter flies. This course is suitable for beginners with an interest in insects, as well as countryside professionals (but please note that we will be working with dead specimens, which are essential for identification in many cases).

Bees, Hoverflies and Flowers: Pollinators and Pollination

Bees, hoverflies and other pollinating insects play an enormously important role in natural habitats and agricultural systems alike. Some pollinators are known to be declining, and their conservation is a cause for concern. This course introduces the insects that play a role in pollination, helping you to recognise them, understand how they interact with flowering plants, and find out how to play your part in conserving them.

An introduction to flies

UPDATED: This workshop was due to take place on Sat 3 March, but had to be postponed due to the snowy conditions. We hope to run it on Sat 24 March instead – if you had previously booked you should hear direct from Sussex Wildlife Trust.

Hoverflies, houseflies, fruit flies, soldierflies, bee-flies, craneflies, and more: flies are all around us, but are often overlooked or even actively discouraged.

Using photos, specimens, keys and microscopes we will explore the incredible world of the Diptera. This course will provide an introduction to fly families and how to identify them.

Soldierflies and allies – identification workshop

Soldierflies and allies (including robberflies, bee-flies, horseflies and others) include some of our largest and most colourful insects. Some are easy to find whereas others require dedicated searching, but these flies are within reach of anyone with an interest in insects.

On this day course you’ll get the chance to learn about the natural history of the group, and with the use of microscopes and museum specimens you’ll be able to develop your identifiation skills for this group. You will also find out how to take part in the Soldierflies and Allies Recording Scheme, and where to go for further help and identification advice.

A free workshop as part of the Tanyptera Trust project at World Museum Liverpool.

Dipterists Forum Workshop

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.

“This advanced workshop tackles two Diptera groups, Anthomyiidae (flower flies) and some of the larger Brachycera (soldierflies and allies). The larger Brachycera include many charismatic species popular with recorders but, despite their large size and colourful appearance, not all are easy to identify. The more tricky species, for example among horseflies, robber-flies and stiletto-flies, are the focus of the workshop. Anthomyiidae (flower flies) is a family of about 240 species of dark bristly flies whose larvae are mainly miners in plants but also in dung and fungi. They include some very common species but are often ignored owing to a reputation for being difficult to identify. New keys and excellent illustrations place them well within the capability of more experienced entomologists.”

Sessions will be lead by expert members of the Dipterists Forum.

See the link below for full details and booking.

Discovering Diptera: Flies Under the Microscope

Hoverflies, houseflies, fruit flies, soldierflies, bee-flies, craneflies, and more: flies are all around us, but are often overlooked or even actively discouraged. This course will provide an introduction to identifying Diptera, using photos, specimens and microscopes to explore different fly families and learn how to recognise them.

Bees, Hoverflies and Flowers: Pollinators and Pollination

Bees, hoverflies and other pollinating insects play an enormously important role in natural habitats and agricultural systems alike. This course introduces the insects that play a role in pollination, helping you to recognise them, understand how they interact with flowering plants, and find out how to play your part in conserving them.

Developing your Skills in Entomology

Learn about insects – how to find them, how to identify them, what they can tell us about habitats. Includes visits to Surrey Wildlife Trust nature reserves. Book your place via FSC.