Dipterists Forum, Empididae, Hybotidae & Dolichopodidae Recording Scheme

Taxonomic Group (English): 

Empid, Hybotid & Dolichopodid flies

Taxonomic Group (Scientific): 

Diptera: Empididae, Hybotidae, Dolichopodidae

Scheme Organiser: 

Steve Hewitt (Hybotidae & Atelestidae), Nigel Jones (Empididae & Brachystomatidae) and Martin Drake (Dolichopodidae)

Email Address: 

smhewitt@hotmail.co.uk; martindrake2@gmail.com; nipajones@talktalk.net


  • Martin Drake, Orchid House, Burridge, Axminster, Devon, EX13 7DF
  • Steve Hewitt, 28 Castle Drive, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 7ED
  • Nigel Jones, 22 Oak Street, Shrewsbury, SY3 7RQ

About the scheme

The Empidid and Dolichopodid Recording Scheme collates biological records for five related Diptera families comprising the Empidoidea:

  • Hybotidae                                                                  182 species
  • Atelestidae                                                                     2 species
  • Empididae                                                                  208 species
  • Brachystomatidae                                                          4 species
  • Dolichopodidae (now including Microphorinae)         304 species

When the recording scheme began under Roy Crossley, the first three of these families were once in the single family Empididae, which is why the scheme’s name appears to exclude two families.  The Microphorinae have been moved about between ‘Empididae’, being a family of its own, and now as a subfamily of the Dolichopodidae.

Record Cards

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Diptera: Empidoidea A5 RA66