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#1 2011-10-21 01:24:50

conopid
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Keys to British Empididae and Hybotidae - Free downloads

I stumbled across some very useful looking keys to Empids and Hybots on the Cheshire LRC website:

The keys (based on Collin, but with very helpful illustrations and photos) are here:

http://sites.google.com/site/mikesinsectkeys/Home

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#2 2011-10-21 20:04:21

Howard Bentley
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Re: Keys to British Empididae and Hybotidae - Free downloads

Well found, Nigel! These look terrific. I wonder how well they've been tested - I shall certainly try them out as soon as I can.

Howard.

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#3 2013-08-18 00:44:18

Andrew Cunningham
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Re: Keys to British Empididae and Hybotidae - Free downloads

Hello Howard,

How have you got on with these keys so far?

I ask as after today's first meeting of the Devon Fly Group I searched online for Collin's keys to Empididae this evening to no avail.

Regards,
Andrew.

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#4 2013-08-18 17:07:11

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Re: Keys to British Empididae and Hybotidae - Free downloads

Keys to Empididae by Collin will not be on the web. They were published as a three volume work by Cambridge University Press in 1961.
The keys from the link above are useful for the Empids (particularly genera Empis and Rhamphomyia to species) and as stated above are based on Collin's keys (which were not illustrated in the same way).

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#5 2013-08-18 17:10:05

andrewsi25
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Re: Keys to British Empididae and Hybotidae - Free downloads

I find them very good indeed...as said, they are basically Collin, but with a useful little diagram at each stage in the key. Give them a go!

Ian

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#6 2013-08-18 23:17:11

Andrew Cunningham
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Re: Keys to British Empididae and Hybotidae - Free downloads

brianh wrote:

Keys to Empididae by Collin will not be on the web. They were published as a three volume work by Cambridge University Press in 1961.
The keys from the link above are useful for the Empids (particularly genera Empis and Rhamphomyia to species) and as stated above are based on Collin's keys (which were not illustrated in the same way).

Thanks Brian. I meant that I was looking for a copy I could purchase online. Martin Drake recommended this book to me yesterday so I tried to find a copy.

andrewsi25 wrote:

I find them very good indeed...as said, they are basically Collin, but with a useful little diagram at each stage in the key. Give them a go!

Ian

Thanks Ian. I shall have a go with these in that case.

Regards,
Andrew.

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#7 2013-08-19 02:27:29

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Re: Keys to British Empididae and Hybotidae - Free downloads

Volumes 2 and 3 are available from Pemberley Books at £12 per volume.
For identification purposes only the keys from the link may be all you need. These keys are those covered in Volume 2 - mainly Rhamphomyia and Empis.
Volume 2 also covers some Hybotidae (Volume 1 covers the others which with taxonomic changes are now in Hybotidae). Volume 3 covers Hilara and the remainder of the Empidae. If you had Volume 2 you would get additional diagrams including genitalia, and full species descriptions. As always there are taxonomic name changes, but nothing that you will not be able to deal with (e.g. that former genera are now subgenera of Empis). Volume 1 is generally not obtainable - I got mine secondhand from ebay or Abe Books.

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