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:

"British soldierflies and their allies" now published!

British soldierflies and their allies - coverThe much-anticipated second edition of "British soldierflies and their allies" has now been published – hurrah!

Updated bee-fly guide

The recording scheme guide to bee-flies in genus Bombylius (PDF download) has been updated this month to include some extra photos of the Western Bee-fly, Bombylius canescens.

Brilliant new guide to Dutch soldierflies - available for download

Some really excellent photographic identification guides have been produced recently by our colleagues in the Netherlands.

Snipe-fly in the news

It's not every day that snipe-flies (Rhagionidae) get featured in the press, but here is a nice article about the Golden-backed Snipe-fly (Rhagio thoracicus), an American species. (Thanks to Ruud van der Weele for passing on the link via Facebook.

A bit about bee-flies

Bee-flies are probably the most familiar of all the species covered by this recording scheme, and now is the time of year when many people notice the Dark-edged Bee-fly in their garden and wonder what it is.

Sending in records

Have just added a new page to the website describing the various routes for sending in records to the recording scheme. Please get in touch if you have any questions, and please do send in your records!

Rhagio notatus found in South Somerset

Matt Prince has just posted an observation on iSpot that looks very good for the Large Fleck-winged Snipefly, Rhagio notatus. This species is more frequent in the northern half of Britain, and although there is one record in each of West Cornwall and South Devon, this looks like being the first for South Somerset.


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