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#1 2016-06-08 22:22:06

davemangham
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Name: Dave Mangham
From: Burton-on-Trent Staffordshire
Registered: 2016-05-19
Posts: 21
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What are the best books/pamphlets/etc. I can get for family i.d.?

As those of you who have looked at any of my posts may have assumed, I'm useless at identifying Diptera, even to a general family level.

I've never really paid much attention to flies, but as my interest is increasing I'd like to become more adept.

So my question is this In your opinion what are the best tracts I can obtain in order to increase my knowledge base?

I've just ordered Stubbs - British Hoverflies and, by the same author, British Soldierflies and their Allies, although to be able to use them effectively I have firstly to identify a specimen as either a Hoverfly or alternatively, a Soldierfly or one of it's allies (whatever they may be).

Is there anything out there at a level which would prepare me for entry to this field at a fairly 'basic' level?

Thanks for any help you may be able to provide.

Dave


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#2 2016-06-09 00:20:53

anymarks
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Name: Neil Marks
From: Norfolk
Registered: 2009-08-07
Posts: 93

Re: What are the best books/pamphlets/etc. I can get for family i.d.?

Stuart has a very useful Guide to Families on this this site - but you have to be a member to access it. ( In Test Keys and Other Unpublished Material ).

Similarly the AIDGAP series contains D.M.Unwin's A Key to the Families of British Diptera - now out of print but you should be able to find it second hand.

Regards, Neil

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#3 2016-06-09 09:24:45

Rainieria
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Name: Darwyn Sumner
Registered: 2008-02-20
Posts: 308

Re: What are the best books/pamphlets/etc. I can get for family i.d.?

You should find Pjotr Oosterbroek's "The European Families of the Diptera: Identification, diagnosis, biology" useful.
For an idea of what many groups look like, explore Steve Falk's Flickr site (as well as the Wiki on this site)


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#4 2016-06-09 10:48:28

Chrisbentley
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Name: Chris Bentley
From: Rye Harbour, East Sussex
Registered: 2008-03-11
Posts: 118
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Re: What are the best books/pamphlets/etc. I can get for family i.d.?

The aidgap key is available as a free download (http://fsj.field-studies-council.org/me … _143_a.pdf)

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#5 2016-06-10 13:00:47

davemangham
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Name: Dave Mangham
From: Burton-on-Trent Staffordshire
Registered: 2016-05-19
Posts: 21
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Re: What are the best books/pamphlets/etc. I can get for family i.d.?

Thanks all for your help and advice.

I've downloaded the AIDGAP guide, should prove very useful once I can garner the courage to start using it!

I'll explore other suggested avenues as time permits.

Cheers!

Dave


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