The Society for the study of flies (Diptera)

Affiliated to the British Entomological and Natural History Society (BENHS)

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#1 2008-02-25 22:20:06

Name: Stuart Ball
Registered: 2007-04-21
Posts: 142

Pipunculid Study Group

This study group covers the family Pipunculidae (Big-headed flies) with 93 species.

Many people are attracted to these distinctive flies and slowly build up a collection. However, although there are easy species, many are difficult to identify (particularly in the genera Chalarus and Eudorylas). The purpose of the study group is to develop a new generation of keys, which is a specialist task, but drawing upon the enthusiasm of a number of people who are keen on the family. New species are being added regularly.

A newsletter called "The Piercer" is produced occasionally and test keys are available from the organiser to supplement and update the RES Handbook.

Organiser: David Gibbs, email: david.usia@blueyonder.co.uk




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