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#1 2012-09-23 20:27:39

conopid
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Flies: The Natural History and Diversity of Diptera

This book - just published - author Stephen Marshall looks a good read. Has anyone seen it? Is it worth buying at circa £50? I am very tempted!
Flies: The Natural History and Diversity of Diptera


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#2 2012-09-26 22:18:14

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Re: Flies: The Natural History and Diversity of Diptera

It looks good from the description but I think I shall wait until some reviews are available.

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#3 2012-09-27 00:16:00

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Re: Flies: The Natural History and Diversity of Diptera

And price is now £75!!


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#4 2012-10-01 23:23:19

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Re: Flies: The Natural History and Diversity of Diptera

A review here (although I note he is friends with the author): http://flyobsession.net/2012/09/30/best … r-on-flies
Certainly looks impressive. I am thinking of a getting it as work-leaving present to myself as my colleagues gave me much duller, though useful, gift vouchers.


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#5 2012-10-27 13:37:05

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Re: Flies: The Natural History and Diversity of Diptera

I now have a copy of this book and it is simply outstanding. A mouth-watering volume running to some 600 (large format) pages. The book provides a very extensive overview of the world fauna with over 2,000 marvellous colour photos - most, incredibly, taken by the author himself. It is written in a very entertaining informal style, making it a pleasure to read. It is certainly aimed at a lay audience, but is in no way diminished by this. I have already discovered much I did not know about many Dipteran families (in a single evening of reading). Every family gets a long series of photos with text describing life histories, habitat, world distribution and often interesting anecdotes.

Although the species illustrated are strongly biased to the south and north American continents, most are instantly recognisable as the familiar genera we find in Europe, so the book is really useful for checking out what various families and genera look like - always useful when one is trying to determine unfamiliar species - particularly those pesky small acalypterates!

Amazon are retailing this at around £50. I have to say it is great value and I cannot imagine any entomologist would be disappointed, let alone Dipterist.

Buy it for Christmas. You will not regret it. The only thing I can say against it, is that it's impractical to read in bed - it's too heavy!


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#6 2013-01-21 17:26:04

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Re: Flies: The Natural History and Diversity of Diptera

I agree, Nigel. I am dipping into it regularly and finding it most informative. I also like the writing style, which has a light touch. Definitely worth the money.

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#7 2013-01-22 12:54:01

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I bought my copy from UKPaperbackshop (via Amazon) for £41.43 - posatge was only 2.80 and it came next day!

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#8 2013-02-27 20:14:29

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Re: Flies: The Natural History and Diversity of Diptera

Ditto - still available as above for the same price.  smile

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#9 2013-11-29 10:46:00

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Re: Flies: The Natural History and Diversity of Diptera

I have to say it is great value and I cannot imagine any entomologist would be disappointed, let alone Dipterist.


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#10 2013-11-30 00:50:28

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Re: Flies: The Natural History and Diversity of Diptera

I was jammy enough to nab one second hand off Amazon for just over £15 last month and I have to say it is an excellent book.

Regards,
Andrew.

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#11 2013-12-23 13:11:47

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Re: Flies: The Natural History and Diversity of Diptera

I havenít read it yet. But I would be glad to know about the contents. I have actually heard about the book as such but I have never got a real chance to even see one. So where can I get one of these?

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#12 2013-12-23 23:06:45

PIERRE MILLE
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Re: Flies: The Natural History and Diversity of Diptera

Hello everyone,

I flipped through this book in an entomological exhibition, I was a disappointed because I did not find it as richly illustrated with respect to its excessive price. I did not buy.

Best wishes

Pierre

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#13 2013-12-23 23:59:51

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Re: Flies: The Natural History and Diversity of Diptera

Hi Pierre,
I'm amazed to see your comment. I agree that it is fairly expensive (but not when compared to books such as Manual of Palaearctic Diptera) and it is surely one of the best illustrated books of that have ever seen. It has colour photographs of representative members of every Dipteran family - in most cases many such pictures illustrating the diversity within the family. There is a beautifully illustrated and comprehensive key to the families. It is true that not every page has a picture but many many pages have 9 beautiful colour photographs so I am sure that the average is more than one per page.

It is of course not interesting to readers who have no interest in the World diversity of Diptera and want books describing only the fauna of their own country, but it is not aimed at such readership.

I think its a great buy!!!
Malcolm

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#14 2013-12-24 14:56:39

Howard Bentley
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Re: Flies: The Natural History and Diversity of Diptera

I'm with Malcolm on this one. Are you sure we're talking about the same book, Pierre?

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#15 2013-12-25 16:43:33

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Re: Flies: The Natural History and Diversity of Diptera

Hi Malcom,

I was short and probably excessive, I admit. I have been impressed by the price of the book because the Seller was introduced to me as a bible on Diptera and it sold for ą 110.

I was just looking for a book on flies a bit like an encyclopedia.

I bought this book last year http://books.google.fr/books/about/Ency … 0Hym1yF0cC redir_esc = y


I found beautiful and very practical in its use and it is a bit what I was looking on Diptera.

I had probably misread to appreciate the qualities of this book "The Natural History and Diversity of Diptera".

I had probably misread to appreciate the qualities of this book. Do not heed my advice.

Furthermore, if I was looking for a book on the Diptera fauna only recent French I do not know if I would live old enough to see it published smile.


Best wishes

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