Some maps for World Robberfly Day

Today is World Robberfly Day. an event with a long and distinguished history, dating all the way back to a bright idea from Erica McAlister in 2015.

Bee-fly Watch update at 10 April 2017

A mid-season summary of the data on the two spring-active bee-flies can be downloaded here.

Bee-flies are back!

Yesterday we launched Bee-fly Watch for 2017, and today the first two bee-flies for the year were reported! One from the Isle of Wight and one from Dorset. Where will be next?

Recording scheme presentation

This presentation was given at the Bedfordshire Natural History Society "neglected insects" conference in November 2016:

Soldierfly records on the NBN Gateway

The National Biodiversity Network (NBN) is a partnership of many organisations involved in biological recording, and one of its main functions is to enable records to be shared via the NBN Gateway website.

Checklist spreadsheet now available

A Soldierflies and Allies Checklist is now available (Excel spreadsheet, 26kb). It includes a list of all species covered by the recording scheme, giving a brief summary of distribution and habitats.

Important Invertebrate Areas

Data from the Soldierflies and Allies Recording Scheme has now been supplied to Buglife to help inform the "Important Invertebrate Areas" project. Buglife say "Important Invertebrate Areas are nationally and internationally significant places for the conservation of invertebrates and the habitats upon which they rely.

Records updated on NBN Gateway

The Biological Records Centre has recently updated the soldierfly records from iRecord onto the National Biodiversity Network Gateway website.

Malcolm Smart's paper on Machimus robberflies

Malcolm Smart has kindly provided a copy of his 2005 paper (PDF download, 7MB) on the identification of three confusingly similar robberflies: Kite-tailed Robberfly Machimus atricapillus, Brown Heath Robberfly M.


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