A picture from members photo gallery

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 ...

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Flies are fascinating: Dipterists forum from NINA CONSTABLE MEDIA on Vimeo.

Forthcoming events calendar 2017-2018 for all interested in flies

16 September 2017, 10:30 - 16:00. AES Tachinid workshop.  Angela Marmont Centre, Natural History Museum, London SW7, UK. https://www.amentsoc.org/events/aes-events.html

30 September 2017. AES Annual Exhibition and Trade Fair, Kempton Park, London Sunbury-on-Thames, TW16 5AQ, UK. DF will have a publicity stand and publications for sale. See www.amentsoc.org 

4 November 2017.   BENHS Annual Exhibition and Dinner, Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, Holborn, London WC1R 4RL. See http://www.benhs.org.uk  . Bring your best fly exhibits for the Diptera table.

16 &17th November 2017 NBN Conference 2017 "Data - what is it good for?" National Museum Cardiff UK Awards for biological recording & information sharing. We will be announcing the winners of the UK Awards for Biological Recording & Information Sharing at a special ceremony on the Thursday evening.  Don't forget to book your place when registering for the Conference if you wish to join us.

25 & 26 November 2017,  DF AGM, Dipterists Day and Indoor Meeting. Liverpool World Museum, William Brown Street, Liverpool,  L3 8EN.

2 December 2017,  Discovering Diptera: flies under the microscope, Epping Forest FSC (north London) Tutor:  Martin Harvey - http://www.field-studies-council.org/in … 66530.aspx

9 December 2017, Light-trapped insects - going beyond the moths, BENHS workshop led by M Harvey.  Light traps are most widely used for attracting moths, but a wide range of other insects come to light as well, including craneflies, caddisflies, beetles (especially dung, ground, water and burying beetles), water bugs, lacewings and wasps. By learning to recognise at least a few of these other insects moth-trappers can make significant contributions to the recording schemes for other groups. This workshop will focus on the non-moth species that are most frequently seen in and around moth traps, providing guidance on how to identify them and what resources are available. Please bring along your specimens and photos of any light-trapped insects as long as they aren't moths!Venue Dinton Pastures. See:  www.benhs.org.uk 


20 & 21 January 2018, from 10- 6pm daily.   Beginners course in fly identification. Tutors John & Barbara Ismay and Jann Billker. Participants will be limited to 12,  cost GBP 60. Venue OUMNH , bookings possible via the museum, from some time in October, – the link is http://www.oum.ox.ac.uk/visiting/whatson.htm . The participants will learn to identify flies (Diptera) to family and they will also get a more than 100 page handout – the Dipterists Forum draft key.

16 - 18  February 2018, DF Advanced Identification Workshop.  Families: Difficult Larger Brachycera and Anthomyiidae. Tutored by Martin Harvey, Howard Bentley and Philip Brighton. Preston Montford Field Studies Centre, Shrewsbury. Details on FSC website: http://www.field-studies-council.org/prestonmontford

March 2018 BENHS Annual General Meeting and Presidential Address. . See http://www.benhs.org.uk
12 May 2018 Bees, hoverflies and flowers: pollinators and pollination, Tutor Martin Harvey  - Bishops Wood (near Kidderminster). Field Studies Council.

23- ? June 2018,  DF Summer Field meeting based at Staffordshire University.

30 June 2018 Bees, hoverflies and flowers: pollinators and pollination, Tutor Martin Harvey - Bushy Park, south-west London. Field studies Council.

20–25 November 2018.   9th International Congress of Dipterology is scheduled to take place in Stellenbosch, South Africa,. See website : (http://icd9.co.za/)

1 December 2018 Discovering Diptera: Flies under the Microscope, Tutor Martin Harvey  - Epping Forest. Field Studies Council.

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. See:  northantsdiptera.blogspot.co.uk or contact John Showers on email: showersjohn@gmail.com
The Devon Fly Group will be holding regular field meetings throughout the year. Contact Martin Drake (01460 2206650, email: martindrake2@gmail.com).

Posted by Judy Webb | Replies: 1 | Date Posted: 2017-08-03

Annual Meeting and AGM 25-26 November 2017

Annual Meeting on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 November 2017
Liverpool World Museum, William Brown Street, Liverpool

We are holding our annual meeting at Liverpool World Museum over the weekend, with talks, exhibits, Pemberley Books and chat on Saturday, and a workshop and access to the museum's Diptera collection for those who would like to do some serious work on Sunday. The workshop is being given by one of our careful and prolific Dipterists Digest authors, with assistance from an insect illustrator who exhibited at last year's annual meeting; we hope that their course will inspire more authors to illustrate their own papers.

The day is open to all, is free and you don't need to be a Dipterists Forum member.

Do bring an exhibit - you may win the prize!

Here's the draft programme which will be updated if necessary. All talks, the AGM and the Sunday workshop will be in Treasure House Theatre (THT) on Level 1, and refreshments in either the Treasure House Theatre Foyer or Community Base (to be confirmed).

10.00    Meet, coffee at café on ground floor.
10.30    Tony Hunter - Introduction to the museum;  Gary Hedges - Introduction to the Tanyptera insect conservation charity.
10.45    Nigel Jones - Discovering flies at Haughmond Hill in Shropshire.
11.15    Mike Howe - Invertebrate Conservation in Natural Resources Wales, with a particular focus on Diptera.
11.45    break for refreshment in THT foyer or Community Base (tbc).
12.15    Graham Rotheray - Saprophagous, phytophagous and zoophagous Cyclorrhaphan larvae: are they really different?
12.45    Thom Dallimore - Is it, or isn’t it? Unravelling the complexities of mosquito hybridisation
1.15    Lunch at Café, THT Foyer or Community Base (tbc).
2.30    AGM
??        possible 5th talk
3.30    Prize for exhibit in Treasure House Theatre on level 1.
5.30    End
        Pub until dinner time
7.00    Dipterists' Supper at a local restaurant

10.00    Access to Diptera collections for study
11.00    Martin Ebejer & Dawn Painter - workshop on Illustration for publications

On Saturday evening we will hold the Dipterists Supper at a local restaurant. If you would like to attend, please contact Martin Drake (martindrake2@gmail.com) before the meeting. I will be investigating the many venues in Bold Street, less than 1km from the museum.

Travelling to Liverpool World Museum
The World Museum, with its front entrance in William Brown Street, is about 400m from Liverpool Lime Street station which most visitors will use. There are a number of smallish car parks not far from the museum, at about £6-7 for whole day's stay; the three nearest ones are: 4 Queen Square, Liverpool L1 1RH; Vernon St, Liverpool L2 2HJ; Moorfields/ Vernon St, Merseyside, Liverpool L2 2AY.

A website for local hotels is https://www.google.co.uk/maps/search/ho … a=!3m1!4b1  .  The Holiday Inn has been recommended, by the entrance to Liverpool Lime Street station, but is not the cheapest.

Posted by Martin Drake | Replies: 0 | Date Posted: 2017-07-17

Dipterists Forum Spring Field Meeting 2017 - 25/5/2017 - 28/7/2017

This will be held in South Northamptonshire in the Nene Valley and Yardley Chase areas. Just a reminder that this event is imminent and if anyone wishes to attend they must let me know as access to some sites is controlled. Those people I know are staying in hotels have booked the TravelLodge at Round Spinney, Northampton. The two most relevant maps for the target areas are OS Explorer sheets 207 (for Yardley Chase and Salcey Forest) and 224 (for the Nene Valley sites). I may have to change the order of site visits at the last minute as there is a potential event at one site that will make it inaccessible whilst the event is on. I shall be sending out a briefing note to all participants by the middle of next week so if you do not hear from me by Thursday 18th please contact me.

Posted by JohnShowers | Replies: 0 | Date Posted: 2017-05-12

endemic flies gone extinct

Hi FOlks

is this story true? are there no insects/flies etc that qualify?

http://wildbritainmap.co.uk/ivells-sea- … xtinction/

Posted by Erica | Replies: 0 | Date Posted: 2017-05-02

NBN Atlas update April 2017

The Atlas replaced the Gateway at the beginning of this month. The NBN team are doing a terrific job trying to get it all running smoothly and many users are testing out the various systems and trying to fix issues.
If you are using the Atlas to search for Diptera records and perhaps not finding what you expected then the NBN's update at https://nbn.org.uk/news/nbn-atlas-updat … pril-2017/ gives the best clue as to what might be going on. Normal service will be resumed as soon as possible, please be patient, everyone is working hard.

Do test out the Atlas via our own Dipterists Forum page at https://registry.nbnatlas.org/public/show/dp172 where you can view or download records from a number of our Field Weeks. There are two Recording Schemes listed on that page and you will find others at https://registry.nbnatlas.org/public/show/dp37 (Soldierflies' iRecords) and https://registry.nbnatlas.org/public/show/dp127 (Tachinids).
Set them up as links in your browser so that you can watch the usage statistics soar - which they will if you download records yourself.

Many Diptera datasets are also listed on the BRC pages at https://registry.nbnatlas.org/public/show/dp77

Posted by Rainieria | Replies: 1 | Date Posted: 2017-04-28

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