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The Diptera ("di-ptera" = two-winged) or "true flies" is the largest order of animals in the UK with around 7,000 known species and new ones being discovered every year. They are found in all habitats from the sea shore to mountain tops. Whilst some are agricultural pests or vectors of disease, the great majority are beneficial. They are extremely important as predators on other pests and diseases, as pollinators, as food for other animals and the immature stages of the bulk of the species are involved in the decay of organic matter and the recycling of material back into the soil.

Entomologists who specialise in these insects are "dipterists". In 1993, a group of people who wanted to find out more about every aspect of their lives, including the habitats they require, set up the Dipterists Forum. There is a great deal still to learn about flies. Mapping the distribution of some groups is a major achievement of the Dipterists Forum to date, but the immature stages of the majority of species are still unknown. Many species are becoming increasingly rare as a result of habitat loss and climate change.

Why not join the Dipterists Forum and help us find out more about flies? There is so much still to learn; we welcome beginners and there are always people who can help you out in the early stages. You don’t need to be an expert, or even to leave your own garden, to contribute to our knowledge of these fascinating insects. Flies need your help! Read more ...

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Annual Dipterists Forum Meeting, 9-10 November 2019

We return to Cardiff Museum after several year's absence.  The format of the weekend will follow the traditional format of several talks on Saturday, the AGM after lunch, maybe another talk, then plenty of time for chat and exhibits.  I still have to organise the Sunday workshop, but the other activity for Sunday is viewing the extensive Diptera collection.  So far four speakers have agreed to talk, and I'll post more details later when the programme is looking more complete.  The event will start at 10.30 on Saturday.


Posted by Martin Drake | Replies: 0 | Date Posted: 2019-01-23

Events Calendar for 2019 for all interested in Flies

15 - 17 February 2019, DF Advanced Identification Workshop.  Families: Empidids and Hybotids. Tutored by Nigel Jones and Stephen Hewitt. Preston Montford Field Studies Centre, Shrewsbury. Details & booking on FSC website: http://www.field-studies-council.org/prestonmontford 

02 March 2019,  BENHS workshop ‘An introduction to Craneflies’ with Pete Boardman at Dinton Pastures . see http://www.benhs.org.uk/event/introduct … tipulidae/

02 March 2019 Staffordshire Invertebrate Science Fair, 10:30-4pm. A host of recording societies will be in attendance raising awareness of invertebrate conservation and recording. The event is very family friendly with most stalls being interactive including learning how to identify flies and other insects. Also, indoor pond dipping, artificial rot hole pond dipping, children's book readings of 'Little Worm's adventures'. There is also a series of talks throughout the day. Cafe on site, free entry and free parking. The event is on facebook https://www.facebook.com/staffsbugfest/  and twitter @sisf_2019  Staffordshire University, Leek Road Campus, ST4 2DF. 

16 March 2019 BENHS weekend training workshop ‘An introduction to parasitic flies’ with Chris Raper and Matt Smith at Dinton Pastures. Details: https://www.amentsoc.org/events/listings/0967/

30th March 2019: BENHS Annual General Meeting and Presidential Address. It is hoped this can be at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History. See www.benhs.org.uk

31 March 2019. Workshop on writing keys, with Martin Ebejer, at Dinton Pastures. Details to follow. Expressions of interest to Tony Irwin ( dr.tony.irwin@gmail.com ).


22-29 June DF Summer Field meeting to Central Scotland based at Stirling. Cost £342 for the week. Book through the DF website.

06 July 2019 Picture Wing Flies identification workshop. Wildlife Trust for Beds, Cambs and Northants.   Ring Haw Field Station, Yarwell, Northants. https://www.dipterists.org.uk/events/pi … n-workshop

4 October 2019 Tanyptera Project workshop ‘Advanced Mosquito Identification’ with Thom Dallimore. World Museum Liverpool, L3 8EW. See http://www.northwestinvertebrates.org.u … workshops/ for further details.

18 October 2019 Tanyptera Project workshop ‘An Introduction to the Identification of Dolichopodidae Flies’ with Martin Drake. World Museum Liverpool. See http://www.northwestinvertebrates.org.u … workshops/ for further details.

5 (6 .a.c web site) October 2019 AES Annual Exhibition and Trade Fair, Kempton Park, London Sunbury-on-Thames, TW16 5AQ, UK. DF will have a publicity stand and some nice flies on show plus publications for sale. See https://www.amentsoc.org/events/exhibitions.html 

2 November 2019  BENHS Annual Exhibition and Dinner, Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, Holborn, London WC1R 4RL , from 11.00 am until 5.00 pm.. See http://www.benhs.org.uk/event/annual-exhibition-2019/ (The AES page says 6 October, but previously on a Saturday)  Bring your best fly exhibits for the Diptera table.

9 & 10 November 2019  DF AGM, Dipterists Day and Indoor Meeting. Cardiff Museum. Details TBA.
Throughout the Year:

BENHS Dinton Pastures Open Days in the Pelham-Clinton Building, Hurst, Reading. Open 10:30-16:00 on second and fourth Sunday in each month except April to September when only on the second Sunday of each month (except for August when there are no Open Days). We encourage you to bring along your pinned flies and use the Diptera Collections and library for identification.  Other Dipterists are usually present meaning good chat and assistance with identifications may be possible. The grid reference for Dinton Pastures is SU 784718, turn left off the B3030 driving North from Winnersh. The site is about 15 minutes walk from Winnersh station, which has trains running on a half-hourly service from Reading and Waterloo. See: www.benhs.org.uk   

The Northants and Peterborough Diptera Group hold meetings every weekend from end of April until sometime in September/October. See:  northantsdiptera.blogspot.co.uk or contact John Showers on email: showersjohn@gmail.com
The Devon Fly Group will be holding regular field meetings throughout the year. Contact Martin Drake (01460 2206650, email: martindrake2@gmail.com).


Posted by Judy Webb | Replies: 0 | Date Posted: 2018-12-28

Fly workshops by the Tanyptera Project

The Tanyptera Project is a five-year initiative (2017-2022) funded by the Tanyptera Trust to promote the study and conservation of insects and other invertebrates in the Lancashire and Cheshire region of NW England. Among its activities are frequent workshops, two of which in 2019 are on flies.

Advanced Mosquito Identification
run by Thom Dallimore, Edge Hill’s University
4th October 2019 
10:30 am - 4:00 pm

An Introduction to the Identification of Dolichopodidae flies
run by Martin Drake
18th October 2019
10:30 am - 4:30 pm


Posted by Martin Drake | Replies: 0 | Date Posted: 2018-12-24

Diptera Workshop at Preston Montford 2019

Bookings are now being taken by Field Studies Council.  Please see all the information on our new site to save duplicating it here.
https://www.dipterists.org.uk/events/di … tford-2019


Posted by Martin Drake | Replies: 0 | Date Posted: 2018-11-25

Bulletin of the Dipterists Forum - send your contrib by 31st DEC

It's that time again.  Bulletin editors Darwyn Sumner and I need your contributions to fill this magazine with interesting fly stories/discoveries/photos/equipment notes/book reviews....by December 31st deadline. If you have some stunning fly photos, would you like to see them in the mag? there are always odd holes to fill.  In particular we always are looking for a  great fly photo for the front cover - must be portrait, not landscape please. See info in the Bulletin as to how to contribute to make our jobs easier. Thanks!


Posted by Judy Webb | Replies: 0 | Date Posted: 2018-11-22

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