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Dipterists and DF meetings

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Picture Wing Flies Workshop at Preston Montford 6-8 Mar 2009 by Judy Webb

Howard Bentley and Barbara Ismay hard at work!

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2009-03-14 13:47:01
Picture Wing Flies Workshop at Preston Montford 6-8 Mar 2009 by Judy Webb

The laboratory is packed out with hard working Dipterists except for John Ismay who seems a little overtired!

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2009-03-14 13:44:27
Beginner's Workshop on Hoverflies, Preston Montford 6-8 Mar '09 by Judy Webb

Stuart Ball chatting to beginner Rob Wolton in front of the hoverfly reference collection.

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2009-03-14 13:39:34
Beginner's Workshop on Hoverflies, Preston Montford 6-8 Mar '09 by Judy Webb

Puzzling over those difficult key characters with tutor Stuart Ball. It all became a lot clearer by the Sunday afternoon!

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2009-03-14 13:36:31
Beginner's Workshop on Hoverflies, Preston Montford 6-8 Mar '09 by Judy Webb

Each attendee had their own set of mounted specimens of the same 25 hoverfly species, collected and prepared by tutor Roger Morris.  This much helps the teaching of certain key characters as all could look at the same characters at the same time.

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2009-03-14 13:31:23
Beginner's Workshop on Hoverflies, Preston Montford 6-8 Mar '09 by Judy Webb

Hard at work in the excellent laboratory facilities at Preston Montford Field Studies Centre.  Two days of intensive, but very enjoyable exploration of the Syrphidae.

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2009-03-14 13:25:41
Jon Cole (left) and John Ismay at the DF AGM in Cardiff, Nov '08 by Judy Webb

Jon Cole has retired as Treasurer of the Dipterists Forum after continous service in this post since the beginning the Society in November 1994. In recognition of his contribution as Treasurer and to Dipterology in general, Jon was awarded lifetime membership of the Forum and is seen here being congratulated by the retiring Chairman, John Ismay.  Jon continues to be a regular at field meetings and is a very skilled Dipterist responsible for numerous exciting species records.

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2008-11-23 19:02:26
Peter Chandler at the DF AGM in Cardiff, Nov '08 by Judy Webb

Peter Chandler reported in the most recent Bulletin that the number of species within the Diptera had finally reached 7000. In recognition of his
huge amount of work on the Checklist and in other areas of Dipterology, Peter was awarded lifetime membership of the Dipterists Forum and he is seen here after accepting his present and card.  The present is a metal model mushroom chime.  This has to be the one toadstool he has collected that will not be a source of fungus gnat rearings!

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2008-11-23 18:30:21
Mating Merodon equestris by Simon Randolph

This is a bumble bee mimic with a range of colour forms.  These two specimens seem to most closely resemble the form 'narcissi' which is tawny coloured on both the thorax and abdomen.

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2008-11-22 17:32:38
Female Helophilus pendulus by Simon Randolph

This species reliably appears every year in late summer around my small garden pond, in which it has presumably spent its larval stage (though I have never seen females ovipositing into it).

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2008-11-22 17:22:23

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