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 donít 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 ...
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Online publishing of Dipterists Forum Bulletin
I'm just testing this out at the moment. I've chosen Google Docs for a test run and it's given me a link to a page where I just drop documents (apologies, I gave the actual link previously and that's intended just for me and was causing confusion)
I'm not finding it particularly intuitive but if you get as far as an image of the cover of DF Bulletin #61 via that link then to read it you need to right click it and go hunting for a pdf reader "PDF Viewer"
Let me know how you get on. but don't expect in-depth discussion from me until I've put the current one to bed
Membership renewals due
Membership runs from 1st January to 31st December so 2015 subs are now due. We will send out the Spring Bulletin to everyone who subscribed in 2014 but thereafter no publications will be sent out to people who have not paid the 2015 subscription.
Chasing late and incorrect payments is hugely time consuming and costly so please make sure you are up to date. I am happy to reply to email queries about membership matters.
A happy New Year to all our members.
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?