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#1 2010-12-17 00:57:58

Judy Webb
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Name: Judith Webb
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The 2nd Edition of A DIPTERIST'S HANDBOOK is published!

A DIPTERISTíS HANDBOOK

The Second Edition has been published (edited by Peter Chandler, with contributions by most of the original and 21 new authors). It has been fully updated and is a hardback book comprising xiii + 525 pages and including 32 colour plates. It is published by the AES.  If you are not a member of Dipterists Forum, go to their website where it is listed in 'Shop' and then 'Publications' and 'Books' (don't go straight to 'publications').

Dipterists Forum members will benefit from the same discount as AES members and the discounted price is £32. It will be available for sale at this price at workshops and field meetings, as well as at the BENHS at Dinton Pastures and in the Diptera section at the Natural History Museum. Any member unable to purchase it in person please contact Peter Chandler (contact details in Dipterists Digest and the Bulletin) in order to obtain it at the standard postage rate and avoid the £12 rate charged by the AES for postage and packing.

This Handbook provides a work of reference for everyone interested in the study of flies, both beginners and experienced dipterists. The first edition appeared in 1978, since when there have been considerable advances in knowledge of Diptera and new techniques and equipment used in their study have developed. All topics covered in the first edition have been fully updated and new subjects have been added so that it has grown substantially to more than twice the size of the first edition. It is illustrated by 172 colour photographs in the plates and on the rear cover, which include a wide range of flies arranged according to their principal habitat associations. The front cover illustration is a painting of the bizarre dolichopodid Campsicnemus magius by the late Peter Skidmore, author of the section on Dung.
    As in the first edition great emphasis has been placed on the habitats and biological associations of flies and it brings together a summary of the latest knowledge of all aspects of the biology of Diptera at the species level. This reflects the huge diversity in biology and habitat associations of adults and larvae. It also demonstrates where increases in knowledge could be made by the contribution of anyone interested in making observations, whatever their level of experience in the study of Diptera.
    Additional subjects not covered in the first edition include an explanation of the classification of Diptera and a bibliography of key works for the identification of both adults and larvae. Some specific habitat associations are covered in greater detail to reflect increased ecological knowledge of flies and the greater significance now being placed on some habitats in the conservation of Diptera. The section on conservation has been expanded to reflect the increased importance of this subject. The important role of flies in nature is emphasised, such as in recycling of waste materials and in pollination of many plants, as well as being valuable as environmental indicators of the health of the ecosystem. The Handbook also covers the treatment of some flies as pests because they are involved in transmission of diseases, are parasitic on vertebrates or attack crop plants but emphasises that others are significant in providing biological control as predators or parasitoids of other pest insects.
    The chapter on behavioural studies has been expanded to cover techniques in more detail. Forensic entomology is another increasingly important subject, for which an expanded account has been provided. There are also sections on the history and activities of Dipterists Forum and on Recording Schemes. The Handbook is concluded with an account of changes to the British Diptera fauna that have taken place in the period since the appearance of the first edition.

Judy

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#2 2010-12-28 14:48:22

colinleb
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Name: Colin Le Boutillier
From: Luton, Bedfordshire
Registered: 2008-03-03
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Re: The 2nd Edition of A DIPTERIST'S HANDBOOK is published!

Visiting the AES website I cannot reproduce the sequence  'Shop' and then 'Publications' and 'Books' .  The following note apears against A Dipterist's Handbook @ £54.30:

"If you a member of the Dipterist's Forum please obtain your copy of the book through the Dipterist's Forum, who have negotiated a special rate for their members. The AES cannot apply the discount retrospectively if you are a forum member and buy the book via this site rather than the Dipterist's Forum."

Is it still obtainable @ £32?

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#3 2010-12-29 14:58:17

Judy Webb
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Name: Judith Webb
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Re: The 2nd Edition of A DIPTERIST'S HANDBOOK is published!

Colin - I have asked Peter Chandler to reply, when he can.
Judy

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#4 2010-12-29 19:37:35

chandgnats
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Name: Peter Chandler
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Re: The 2nd Edition of A DIPTERIST'S HANDBOOK is published!

Dear Colin

As stated in the above details you can only get it for the DF discount price in person at events or locations indicated or by post (at standard rate) from me. You can only get it directly from the AES with or without members discount by paying their excessive £12 postage rate.

Please contact me by email if you wish to receive a copy by post.
Peter Chandler

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#5 2011-01-21 00:03:02

PIERRE MILLE
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Name: Pierre MILLE
From: Herblay in FRANCE (Val d'Oise)
Registered: 2010-02-14
Posts: 43
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Re: The 2nd Edition of A DIPTERIST'S HANDBOOK is published!

Hello every one,

I bought the book of Peter Chandler (DIPTERISTíS HANDBOOK) and I recommend him to you, what nice work !

Best wishes


Pierre

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#6 2011-01-25 22:48:53

diaea
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Name: Tony White
Registered: 2008-05-02
Posts: 14

Re: The 2nd Edition of A DIPTERIST'S HANDBOOK is published!

A splendid publication. A must-have for dipterists whether new to the game or more experienced. Congratulations to all those involved.

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#7 2011-05-24 21:41:09

cesar_sandoval
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Name: Cesar Sandoval
From: Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico
Registered: 2011-05-24
Posts: 1

Re: The 2nd Edition of A DIPTERIST'S HANDBOOK is published!

Hi judy
I´m a new member in Dipterist forum. I like to get the Handbook. Can you help me?

Best regards

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#8 2011-10-09 22:18:16

Judy Webb
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Name: Judith Webb
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Re: The 2nd Edition of A DIPTERIST'S HANDBOOK is published!

See above post by Peter Chandler. Judy

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