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Flies are not everyone's cup of tea! They belong to the order diptera and they are a varied and quite fascinating group of insects. There are many fly species and can they be difficult to identify so in this book I take a look at some of the more well known and easily recognised ones. Although overflies are in the same order I have created a separate book for tem.
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|Species featured in this book||Scientific Name||Title|
|Crane Fly (N flavipalpis)||Nephrotoma flavipalpis||Nephrotoma flavipalpis: the blonde palped cranefly|
|Crane fly (T lunata)||Tipula lunata||Tipula lunata: the percentage option|
|Giant Crane Fly||Tipula maxima||Tipula maxima: the giant cranefly|
|Crane Fly (T paludosa)||Tipula paludosa||Tipula paludosa: the autumn crane fly|
|Crane Fly (T oleracea)||Tipula oleracea||Crane Fly: Tipula oleracea|
|Crane Fly (L nubeculosa)||Limonia nubeculosa||Crane-fly: Limonia nubeculosa|
|St Marks Fly||Bibio marci||St Marks Fly: hanging out in woods|
|Fever-fly||Dilophus febrilis||Dilophus febrilis: the fever fly|
|Mosquito (C pipiens)||Culex pipiens||Culex pipiens: the common mosquito|
|Black Snipe Fly||Chrysopilus cristatus||Chrysopilus cristatus: the black snipe-fly|
|Downlooker Snipe Fly||Rhagio scolopacea||Rhagio scolopacea: the downlooker snipe fly|
|Square-spot Deerfly||Chrysops viduatus||Chrysops viduatus: the square-spot deerfly|
|Golden Horsefly||Atylotus fulvus||Atylotus fulvus: the golden horsefly|
|Band-eyed Brown Horse Fly||Tabanus bromius||Tabanus bromius: the band-eyed brown horse fly|
|Banded General Soldier Fly||Stratiomys potamida||Stratiomys potamida: the banded general soldier fly|
|Flecked General Soldier Fly||Stratiomys singularior||Stratiomys singularior: the flecked general soldier fly|
|Broad Centurion Soldier fly||Chloromyia formosa||Chloromyia formosa: the broad centurion soldier fly|
|Dotted Bee-fly||Bombylius discolor||Bombylius discolor: the dotted bee-fly|
|Dark-edged Bee-fly||Bombylius major||What is that b... fly? It is a bee-fly!|
|Downland Bee-fly||Villa cingulata||Villa cingulata: the downland bee-fly|
|Kite-tailed Robber fly||Machimus atricapillus||Machimus artricapillus: the kite-tailed robber fly|
|Slender-striped Robber fly||Leptogaster cylindrica||Leptogaster cylindrica: the slender-striped robberfly|
|Thick-headed Fly (S ferrugineus)||Sicus ferrugineus||Sicus ferrugineus: the thick-headed fly|
|Yellow Dung Fly||Scathophaga stercoraria||Yellow Dung Fly: pat-a-cake pat-a-cake|
|House fly (M meridiana)||Mesembrina meridiana||Mesembrina meridiana: the noon day fly|
|House fly (P lardaria)||Polieties lardaria||Polieties lardaria: when a house-fly is not house fly|
|Bluebottle||Calliphora vomitoria||Bluebottle: it makes you sick|
|Greenbottle||Lucilia caesar||Lucilla caesar: the greenbottle|
|Cluster Fly||Pollenia rudis||Pollenia rudis: the cluster fly|
|Flesh Fly||Sarcophaga carnaria||Sarcophaga carnaria: the flesh fly|
|Parasitic fly (T nigiripes)||Thelaria nigiripes (probable)||Thelaria species: parasitic flies|
|Parasitic Fly (E rufomaculata)||Eriothrix rufomaculata||Eriothrix rufomaculata: a parasitic fly|
|Parasitic fly (D caninum)||Dexiosoma caninum||Dexiosoma caninum: a parasitic fly|
|Parasitic fly (T fera)||Tachina fera||Tachina fera: a parasitic fly|
|Parasitic fly (T grossa)||Tachina grossa||Tachina grossa: a parasitic fly|
This book is made up of the segments listed below. Click the segment title for information about specie within that segment.
Commonly called daddy-long-legs because of their long, dangling legs. A variable range of flies, some surprising small and like mosquitos.
Called horse flies as some of the family can be a pest to horses and other mammals as well. They tend to be bulky insects, fast flying and with short, stout antennae. This group includes bee-flies.
|House flies and Blow Flies||
Although called house flies very few of this group are ever found in houses! A variable family of stout, black coloured flies but not all of them.
Various families of flies whose species are quite small and hard to identify without magnification.
|Mosquitoes and midges||
This group not only contains the insects we would imaging under this title but also some interesting larger insects that look very different to the classic mosquito.
Stocky, hairy and quite ugly looking flies that parasitise other insects, especially caterpillars.
Bristly, predatory flies inclined to sitting on leaves and ambushing passing insects which they catch in mid-air.
|Soldier flies and Snipe flies||
Flies with flattened bodies and usually brightly coloured and can be mistaken for hover flies or even wasps. snipe flies tend to have a more pointed abdomen.