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#1 2018-11-02 22:52:46

dbsmith
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Fly family challenge

As a way of getting my head back into flies (after a lapse of many years) I thought I would try and identify a fly in each family over the next calendar year ..... has anyone else tried this? Any tips? Anyone else want to join in the fun?

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#2 2018-11-03 14:57:17

Howard Bentley
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Re: Fly family challenge

According to the Checklist there are six families with only one British species each, and some of these are real rarities. We have over 100 families on the British list, and I don't usually see more than about 60 in any one year. Your idea is an interesting challenge, though. Good luck!

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#3 2018-11-04 12:44:44

dbsmith
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Re: Fly family challenge

Thanks - I guess my challenge will be to see as many families as possible rather than all of them! I knew (as a beekeeper) that I would struggle with Braulidae ... and plenty others no doubt! My 1970 Handbook for the identification of British insects, Diptera lists  84 families - do I need a newer version or will that do the job for most things I will come across (in Scotland ....)?

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#4 2018-11-04 18:24:11

conopid
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Re: Fly family challenge

If you are a member of the Dipterists Forum, there is a rather nice, up to date key (2016) available for members.


Nigel Jones
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#5 2019-03-10 20:13:03

dbsmith
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Re: Fly family challenge

Just an update on the progress of my fly family challenge so far for the year - I am now at 8 families, none of which are ones I am very familiar with, so it is proving useful to get my head around the diversity of the order. I have been writing about each family as I find an example in a blog at theyearofthefly.home.blog - and enjoying that almost as much as the fly hunting!

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