Identification guides for soldierflies and allies

Robberflies (Asilidae)

Bee-flies (Bombyliidae)

Snipeflies (Rhagionidae)

Soldierflies (Stratiomyidae)

Horseflies (Tabanidae)

Image of example page from the identification guidesWe hope that the guides listed above will develop into a series that covers many of the species in the recording scheme.

The guides are only possible thanks to the generosity of the brilliant photographers who have allowed their images to be used. Special mention must be given to Malcolm Storey (via BioImages) and Steven Falk (via Flickr), whose photo collections form the backbone for most of the species guides. Many other photographers have also contributed images and are acknowledged in the guides.

As far as possible, these guides show features that can be seen on live insects in the field, or are likely to be visible in photographs. They are intended as a supplement to, rather than a replacement for, the comprehensive identification keys and species accounts in the ‘soldierflies bible’: British soldierflies and their allies, by Alan Stubbs and Martin Drake, published by BENHS.

We would be very interested to receive any feedback on how well these guides work, and suggestions for how to improve them, or offers of additional photos that would fill a gap or add a clear view of a particular identification feature. Please contact Martin Harvey.

Many thanks to the following people for providing photos and/or advice:

  • Allan Burrows
  • Andrew Green
  • Arnold Wijker
  • Bj.schoenmakers
  • Chris Sellen
  • David Basham
  • David Gould
  • Dick Belgers
  • Geir79
  • Geoffrey Foale
  • George Tordoff
  • Ian Andrews
  • IronChris
  • Jane Adams
  • Janet Graham
  • Jeremy Early
  • Jeremy Richardson
  • John Bingham
  • Judy Webb
  • Kate Nightingale
  • Malcolm Storey
  • Martin Cooper
  • Martin Harvey
  • Neil Marks
  • Nigel Jones
  • Paul Kitchener
  • Peter Andrews
  • Richard Dickson
  • Rob Petley-Jones
  • Rob Wolton
  • Robin Williams
  • Simon Knott
  • Steven Falk
  • Sue Taylor
  • Teresa Frost
  • Tim Hodge
  • Tim Worfolk
  • Tony Davis
  • Will George