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Dolichopodid Fly ID with Microscopes (WM Region)

  • Location: FSC Bishops Wood
  • Tutor: Nigel Jones
  • Date: Wednesday 16 October 2019
  • Times: 10 am - 4 pm
  • Level: Advanced
  • Course Fee: £5

Dolichopodid flies, or long-legged flies, are a large family of true flies with over 200 species. They are generally small flies with large, prominent eyes and a metallic cast to their appearance, and long legs. Most adults are predatory on other small animals, though some scavenge or act as kleptoparasites of spiders and other predators.


This course will provide an introduction to identifying these flies to species level using microscopes and identification keys. The course will include a short presentation introducing the features used to identify specimens to species level. During the course participants will:

  • Learn about dolichopodid fly ecology.
  • Gain experience looking at their ID features using a microscope.
  • Use an ID key to determine specimens accurately to species level.
  • Know how to take their interest further.


Please note that this course will involve using specimens that have been killed and preserved.   This course is intended for adults only so it is not suitable for children.    

Nigel Jones is a Shropshire entomologist with a particular interest in aculeate Hymenoptera (bees, wasps and ants) and Diptera (true flies). He has studied flies for over 30 years and his major passion is the Brachyceran flies, which covers many families, including hoverflies (Syrphidae), soldierflies (Stratiomyidae),  Fruit flies (Tephritidae), lance-flies (Lonchaeidae), Dolichopodidae, Empididae and Tachinidae. Nigel is the Shropshire Diptera Recorder and has added hundreds of fly species to the county list.


This course is heavily subsidised by the FSC BioLinks Project (funded by the Heritage Fund).

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