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Fly Family ID with Microscopes

  • Location: Preston Montford
  • Tutor: Nigel Jones
  • Dates: Friday 06 September 2019 to Sunday 08 September 2019
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Sole occupancy: £50
  • Shared room: £30
  • Non-resident: £20

This course is fully booked on this date but you can join the waiting list (by scrollling to the bottom of the page) in case space becomes available or it is run on another date.

Over 7000 different species of fly occur in Britain. Their huge diversity in form, behaviour and ecology make them a daunting group for those attempting fly identification for the first time. In addition, there are no less than 16 different national fly recording schemes within The Dipterists Forum for various different groupings of flies. This presents those looking into taking up fly identification and recording with a dilemma: where to start?

This weekend course will provide an introduction to identifying flies using microscopes and ID keys, by focusing on ID to family level. During the course participants will:

  • Learn about the different families of true flies found in Britain
  • Gain experience looking at fly ID features using a microscope.
  • Use ID keys/resources to determine fly specimens accurately to family level.
  • Know how to take their interest further.

Please note this couse with involve using specimens which have been killed and preserved, to aid identification.

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.

Nigel is co-author of the recently published Provisional Atlas of bees, wasps and ants of Shropshire.





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

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Sole occupancy : £50

Shared room : £30

Non-resident : £20

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