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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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Malloch Society Grants

Malloch Society Grants: The Malloch Society has the opportunity to give small grants to individual entomologists, up to a maximum of £500 per applicant. This offer, the David Robertson Memorial Fund, is in memory of a founder member and former treasurer of the Society. It is intended for dipterological research relevant to the Scottish fly fauna and any application should complement the Society’s pioneering work on the Scottish fauna. Preference will be given to projects that would lead to the formal publication of results. A description of the proposal of no more than 300 words should be addressed to The Malloch Society Secretary, c/o National Museums Collection Centre, 242 West Granton Road, Edinburgh, EH5 1JA.

Posted by Judy Webb | Replies: 0 | Date Posted: 2018-02-12

Dipterists Day 2018

Our annual indoor meeting will be at Oxford University Museum, home of the Verrall / Collin collection, on 10 - 11 November 2018. The weekend will follow the usual format of talks, AGM, exhibits and chat on Saturday, and a workshop or something similar + perusal of the fly collection on Sunday.

At Liverpool last year, finding sensibly priced accommodation was difficult, so don't leave booking your B&B too late.

More details will emerge as I find speakers.

Posted by Martin Drake | Replies: 0 | Date Posted: 2018-01-23

Events Calendar for 2018 for all interested in Flies

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

3 March 2018 Introduction to Craneflies Workshop. Tutor Pete Boardman. BENHS Dinton Pastures Country Park, Hurst, Reading. See http://www.benhs.org.uk 

3 March 2018 Staffs Invertebrate Science Fair. Contact Andy Jukes, @ConopsEnto

3 March 2018  Introduction to Flies workshop, 10:00-4:00.  Tutor Martin Harvey for Sussex Wildlife Trust,  Woods Mill, Shoreham Rd, Henfield BN5 9S. For fees and booking details see https://sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/what … s-03032018 

10 March 2018 Workshop on Tachinidae identification. Tutors: Matt Smith and Chris Raper, BENHS, Dinton Pastures Country Park, Hurst, Reading. See http://www.benhs.org.uk 

10 March, An Introduction to Soldierflies and Allies, Tutor Martin Harvey for World Museum Liverpool. For details see http://www.northwestinvertebrates.org.u … workshops/

24 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.

15 June, Field Identification of Craneflies, Tutor Pete Boardman for World Museum Liverpool. At Rixton Claypits Nature Reserve, WA3 6EE. For details see http://www.northwestinvertebrates.org.u … workshops/

23- 30 June 2018, DF Summer Field meeting based at Staffordshire University. Details TBA.

27 June, 10:00–16:0. Learn to love flies. An FSC  Biolinks Course. If you’re interested in flies but never felt ready for a beginner’s ID workshop, then this day is for you! Cost £5 booking essential. The Pelham-Clinton Building, Dinton Pastures Country Park, Davis Street, Hurst, Reading, Berkshire, RG10 0TH. See https://www.facebook.com/events/146979685981807/

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

6 October 2018 AES Annual Exhibition and Trade Fair, Kempton Park, London Sunbury-on-Thames, TW16 5AQ, UK. DF will have a publicity stand & some nice flies on show. See www.amentsoc.org 

13 Oct, Sepsid Fly Identification, Tutor Steve Crellin  for World Museum Liverpool. For details see http://www.northwestinvertebrates.org.u … workshops/

3 November 2018  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.

3 Nov, Cranefly Identification with Microscopes, Tutor Pete Boardman for World Museum Liverpool. For details see http://www.northwestinvertebrates.org.u … workshops/

10 & 11 November 2018  DF AGM, Dipterists Day and Indoor Meeting. Oxford University Museum of Natural History. See http://www.oum.ox.ac.uk/

20–25 November 2018.   9th International Congress of Dipterology is scheduled to take place in Windhoek Namibia (note change of venue). 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: 0 | Date Posted: 2018-01-02

Asian Hornet

There's a likelihood that Dipterists working in the field next year may come across this highly destructive invasive species.
The latest British Wildlife provides a full account and mobile phone users may find it handy to install the following app: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new- … -sightings

Posted by Rainieria | Replies: 0 | Date Posted: 2017-12-21

Ken Smith - funeral arrangements

By Adrian Pont

Dear friends and colleagues,

Adrian Smith has told me that Ken's funeral is set for Wednesday the 29th November at 11:30 at St Mary’s church, Bampton, with a wake at the Morris Clown public house at 13:00.

He apologises that this is during the working week and at short notice, but says that all would be very welcome to join him to say farewell to Ken.

Please pass this information on to anyone else whom you think might want to attend.

Best regards,


Posted by ChrisR | Replies: 0 | Date Posted: 2017-11-25

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