The Diptera ("di-ptera" = two-winged) or "true flies" is the largest order of animals in the UK with around 7,000 known species and new ones being discovered every year. They are found in all habitats from the sea shore to mountain tops. Whilst some are agricultural pests or vectors of disease, the great majority are beneficial. They are extremely important as predators on other pests and diseases, as pollinators, as food for other animals and the immature stages of the bulk of the species are involved in the decay of organic matter and the recycling of material back into the soil.
Entomologists who specialise in these insects are "dipterists". In 1993, a group of people who wanted to find out more about every aspect of their lives, including the habitats they require, set up the Dipterists Forum. There is a great deal still to learn about flies. Mapping the distribution of some groups is a major achievement of the Dipterists Forum to date, but the immature stages of the majority of species are still unknown. Many species are becoming increasingly rare as a result of habitat loss and climate change.
Why not join the Dipterists Forum and help us find out more about flies? There is so much still to learn; we welcome beginners and there are always people who can help you out in the early stages. You don’t need to be an expert, or even to leave your own garden, to contribute to our knowledge of these fascinating insects. Flies need your help! Read more ...
The 2015 spring workshop at Preston Montford (20-22 February) will look at Acalyptrates; covering family identification first (especially the awkward groups) then taking several less well known families to species level. More information can be found in the Dipterists Forum Bulletin and on the FSC website and the workshop is already listed on this website in "forthcoming events" posted by Judy.
Unfortunately the printed FSC course guide for 2015 retains the advert for our previous Scathophagidae, Bibionidae and Sepsidae workshop. FSC staff are aware of the error and I hope this does not cause too much confusion as the FSC website does have the correct information. Please disregard the information in the printed course guide.
The spring workshop in 2016 will cover Calliphoridae, Sarcophagidae and Rhinophoridae, which has been a popular choice in the voting in recent years. This is still a way off, but if you come across these Calyptrates during the winter months this could be an incentive to hold onto some specimens?
Programme for the 2014 Dipterists Weekend in Carlisle
Dipterists Forum weekend 2014: Tullie House Museum, Carlisle
Saturday 22 November
10:00 Tullie House open to the public
Assemble in the Function Room and set out exhibits
10:30 Introduction and Welcome to Tullie House Steve Hewitt
10:40 Cumbrian Dipterology and the Collections at Tullie House Museum Steve Hewitt
11:00 An hour in the life a bee-fly Martin Drake
11:20 Tea & coffee
11:40 Knotty Gnats: Exploring Britain’s Trichoceridae Julian Small
12:00 Annual General Meeting
There is a café next to the Function Room and the museum is close to the city centre,
or bring a packed lunch.
14:00 Judging of exhibits and prize giving
14:10 The fly and other life of a Devon hedge Rob Wolton
14:40 A national pollinator and pollination monitoring scheme - a role for dipterists?
Claire Carvell & Martin Harvey
15:10 Tea & coffee
15:30 The role of Phlebotomine sand flies as vectors of disease Prof. Paul Bates
16:00 Further discussion and mingling
16:30 Close of session - take exhibits down
17:00 Vacate the Function Room and move to a local café or pub
18:30 Dipterists' Supper
An evening meal will be booked at a local restaurant, please contact Duncan Sivell (firstname.lastname@example.org) in
advance of the meeting if you wish to attend the meal.
Sunday 23 November
10:00 Tullie House open to Dipterists Forum
10:30 Access to Diptera collections
11:00 From outdoors to online:
using iRecord for the Soldierflies and Allies Recording Scheme Martin Harvey
11:20 Biological recording and data flow Teresa Frost
16:00 Wind down and vacate collection area
17:00 Tullie House closes to the public
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF THE DIPTERISTS FORUM
SATURDAY 22 NOVEMBER 2014, 12:00, TULLIE HOUSE MUSEUM, CARLISLE
2 Approval of the Minutes of the last AGM and matters arising
(See Spring 2014 Bulletin 77, pp 29-31, for the Minutes of the 2013 AGM)
3 Secretary's Report
4 Treasurer's Report
5 Dipterists Digest Editor's Report
6 Amendment to Constitution to accommodate local Diptera groups
8 Chairman’s Vote of Thanks to retiring members
9 Election of Officers: See details below
The Chairman is elected biennially. The Secretary, Treasurer and other Elected Officers with specific responsibilities (detailed below) require annual election. The constitution (7c) currently requires nominations 30 days in advance of the AGM. Ordinary elected committee members serve for two years.
The Officers and General Committee proposed for election or re-election this year, 2014, are as follows
(this list updates the version posted here on 17/09/2014 with changes to the proposed treasurer and one committee member):
Chair Howard Bentley (Proposed)
Vice Chair Martin Drake (Proposed)
Secretary Amanda Morgan (Proposed)
Treasurer Victoria Burton (Proposed)
Membership Secretary John Showers
Field Meetings Secretary Vacancy
Indoor Meetings Secretary Duncan Sivell
Bulletin Editor Darwyn Sumner
Assistant Editor Judy Webb
Publicity Officer Erica McAlister
Website Manager Stuart Ball
Conservation Officer Robert Wolton
Committee Members for Stuart Ball (Proposed)
election or re-election 2014 Nathan Medd (Proposed)
Hannah Cornish (Proposed)
Members Elected 2013 Chris Raper
10 Chairman’s Thanks to hosts and formal closing of the Annual General Meeting.
Proposed amendment to the Dipterists Forum constitution:
This arises as a consequence of Dipterists Forum having decided to obtain its own insurance covering accidents to members and guests at field and indoor meetings, in addition to third parties. Local fly groups may benefit from Dipterists Forum’s insurance, and this requires the constitution to be amended to allow such affiliated groups. The following wording is proposed:
"Local Fly or Diptera Groups may become affiliated to Dipterists Forum. They will agree to abide by the Dipterists Forum Local Group Constitution. Such affiliated local groups may benefit from any appropriate Dipterists Forum’s insurance policy on payment of the relevant supplement."
‘3a’ becomes new numbering for the existing wording on affiliation to BENHS.
Forthcoming events of interest to Dipterists 2014-2015
15 November 2014 , Conference on ‘Neglected Insects in Bedfordshire’. Speakers include John & Barbara Ismay on Introduction to Diptera, David Clements on Picture-winged Flies and Chris Raper & Matthew Smith on Tachinid Flies. Venue: The Forest Centre, Millennium Country Park, Marston Moretaine MK43 0PR. Entrance: £10 for BNHS members, £12 for non-members. For tickets visit: http://www.bnhs.co.uk , for information contact Alan Outen at: email@example.com
21 November 2014, 14th NBN Annual Conference "Climate, Collaboration and Collection - informing the new conservation agenda" The Royal Society. https://royalsociety.org/
22-23 November 2014, Dipterists Day and AGM, Tullie House Museum, Carlisle. Details will be posted on this website nearer the time.
24-25 January 2015, 10am-5pm daily ‘Introduction to Fly families (Diptera)’ – John & Barbara Ismay and Oxford University Museum of Natural History, South Parks Road, Oxford (www.oum.ox.ac.uk ). Please contact John and Barbara Ismay, 67 Giffard Way, Long Crendon, Aylesbury, Bucks, HP18 9DN (E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org) in advance to book your place at the workshop. Places are limited to 14 participants, so early booking recommended.
31 January 2015, Tachinidae identification workshop – tutors Matt Smith and Chris Raper. An introduction to sampling and identifying Tachinidae, with new draft keys for a revised RES Handbook available for testing and the chance to have your specimens checked and verified by the organisers of the National Recording Scheme. The Pelham-Clinton Building, Dinton Pastures Country Park, Davis Street, Hurst, Reading RG10 0TH. For more information on Tachinidae and the recording scheme see: http://tachinidae.org.uk/
20-22 February 2015, DF Advanced Workshop on Acalypterate Flies. Tutors John & Barbara Ismay and Alan Stubbs. Preston Montford Field Studies Centre, Shrewsbury. Details will be posted on this website nearere the time. See FSC website: http://www.field-studies-council.org/prestonmontford/
14- 15 March 2015, ‘Introduction to Fly families (Diptera)’ – tutors John & Barbara Ismay The Pelham-Clinton Building, Dinton Pastures Country Park, Davis Street, Hurst, Reading RG10 0TH. Please contact Dr. Mike Edwards, BENHS Indoor Meetings Secretary, 53 Great Cranford Street, Poundbury, Dorchester, Dorset DT1 3SQ (E-mail: email@example.com) in advance to book your place at a workshop.
15-17 May 2015, DF Spring Field Meeting to Norfolk Coast. Based around guest houses in Cromer. Members wishing to participate will be expected to book their own accommodation but if possible we will try to organise ourselves in close proximity to one another. Contact Roger Morris for details (7 Vine Street, Stamford, Lincolnshire, email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
4 - 8 June 2015. 8th Int. Symposium on Syrphidae. Monschau (Germany) Contact Ximo Mengual Phone: 0049 (0)228 9122 292 E-mail: email@example.com .
http://zfmk.de/web/Forschung/Kongresse/ … ex.en.html
11-18 July 2015, DF Summer Field Meeting to Nottingham area. Derbyshire Dales and Sherwood Forest within reach. Accommodation in Nottingham University. 20 places booked, deposit of £50 required to secure a place. Contact Roger Morris for details (7 Vine Street, Stamford, Lincolnshire, email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
2-4 September 2015, RES Ento '15 "Insect Ecosystem Services" Annual National Science Meeting and International Symposium. Venue: Trinity College Dublin
10-11 October 2015, DF Autumn Field Meeting to New Forest and Isle of Purbeck. A two-centre trip, based partly in Bournemouth and partly in Swanage. It is intended to use this opportunity to make a serious effort to record the New Forest, which has not been intensively visited for many years. The Swanage base allows access to Isle of Purbeck. Contact Roger Morris for details (7 Vine Street, Stamford, Lincolnshire, email: email@example.com).
Throughout the Year:
BENHS Dinton Pastures Open Days in the Pelham-Clinton Building, Hurst, Reading. Open 10:30-16:00 on second and fourth Sunday in each month except April to September when only on the second Sunday of each month (except for August when there are no Open Days). We encourage you to bring along your pinned flies and use the Diptera Collections and library for identification. Other Dipterists are usually present meaning good chat and assistance with identifications may be possible. The grid reference for Dinton Pastures is SU 784718, turn left off the B3030 driving North from Winnersh. The site is about 15 minutes walk from Winnersh station, which has trains running on a half-hourly service from Reading and Waterloo. See: www.benhs.org.uk
The Northants and Peterborough Diptera Group hold meetings every weekend from end of April until sometime in September/October. Contact John Showers on: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Devon Fly Group will be holding regular field meetings throughout the year. Contact Martin Drake (email: email@example.com).
Amateur Entomologists' Society Conservation Conference 2014
AES Conservation Conference 2014
31 October 2014 10:00 - 17:00
Location: Charles Darwin House, 12 Roger Street, London, WC1N 2JU, UK
The event costs £20 for AES and BES members and £30 for non-members. Refreshments and buffet provided.
Click here for further information, and to book: http://www.amentsoc.org/conferencebooking
Dipterists might be interested in this joint event by the AES, British Ecological Society's Conservation Special Interest Group and the BES Citizen Science SIG. It would be great to have some conservation stories related to diptera, so if anyone is interested in presenting a poster please email the organiser John Millar on firstname.lastname@example.org.