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.

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.


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