Guide to identifying the downlooker flies in genus Rhagio

New to this website: illustrated guide to distinguishing the two 'downlooker' flies, Rhagio scolopaceus and Rhagio strigosus. These are the only two species in genus Rhagio that have wings with mottled dark markings, but they are very similar to each other - check the antennae to tell them apart!

Spiky snipefly

A record recently arrived on iRecord that stood out from the rest:

New "Projects" page - join in to help record soldierflies and allies

I've added a new page called "Projects" that will allow me to highlight any particular species or sites for which the recording scheme is seeking information.

Recording scheme data feeds in to prize-winning research

Data from the Soldierflies and Allies Recording Scheme, along with data from many other recording schemes, has recently featured in two prize-winning conference posters.

Identification workshop at Oxford University Museum of Natural History for soldierflies and allies

We're running a workshop on the identification of soldierflies and allies in Oxford on Sunday 27 September. This is an indoor workshop, where there will be the opportunity to work with the museum's microscopes and insect collections to familiarise yourself with the full range of species, and practice keying things out. Full details are available at:

Bee-fly makes beautiful Buglife bug of the month

Bee-flies will be out any day now, and to celebrate Buglife have a great bee-fly feature as their 'Bug of the month'. Don't forget to check the recording scheme's bee-fly page as well, complete with downloadable identification guide.

Superb Southern Silver-stiletto shooting in Shropshire

Nigel Jones has been shooting (in the photographic sense) a great series of photos of the Southern Silver-stiletto (Therevidae: Cliorismia rustica) and its habitat.

Two soldierfly larvae

Visit Jonathan Neal's blog to see a superb close-up by Fabrice Parais of the delicate, feathery respiratory hairs at the tip of a soldier-fly larva. The photo won an honorable mention at the 2014 Nikon Small World photographic competition.

Latest recording scheme newsletter now available

Newsletter no. 2 for the Soldierflies and Allies Recording Scheme has now been distributed to DF members, and is also available to download or read online.

Many thanks to all who have contributed to this issue - there are some fascinating insights into the species. Contents include:


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