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Field Guides & Natural History  Insects & other Invertebrates  Insects  Flies (Diptera)

Field Guide to Flies with Three Pulvilli Families of Homeodactyla of Northwest Europe

Field / Identification Guide Identification Key New
By: Theo Zeegers(Author), André Schulten(Author)
256 pages, colour photos, colour & b/w illustrations, colour distribution maps
Field Guide to Flies with Three Pulvilli
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  • Field Guide to Flies with Three Pulvilli ISBN: 9789051070682 Paperback Sep 2022 In stock
    £14.99
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About this book

This field guide describes eight families of flies that have three pulvilli on their feet (tarsi) as a common characteristic. These are older and closely related families of flies (Homeodactyla). More than 150 species are described, from ‘irritating’ Horseflies to brightly coloured Soldierflies, from slender Awl-flies to tiny Hunchback flies and from stocky Odour-flies to slender-legged Snipeflies. Species texts offer short information on occurrence, flight season and rarity. Clear photographs support the texts.

Species can be identified as much as possible from field characteristics or photographs. Keys are supported by functional drawings which clearly illustrate the characteristics. Characteristics which can be seen only in living specimens, such as eye colour, are used as much as possible. In that way, this guide is useful for both nature lovers and beginning and expert entomologists.

Theo and André together published an earlier digital field guide to Horseflies (Veldgids Dazen) on Waarneming.nl. The content of the digital guide on horseflies has been integrated in its entirety in this field guide.

Contents

Introduction + acknowledgements
    Which species are included in this field guide?
    Where can this guide be used?
    Comparison of sizes
    How to use this guide
    Species
    Nomenclature
    Sources
    Faunistic literature
    Morphology

Key to the families
Acroceridae - Hunchback-flies
    Key to genera
    Key to species + descriptions
Athericidae - Water-snipeflies
    Key + descriptions
Coenomyiidae - Odour-flies
    Descriptions
Rhagionidae - Snipeflies
    Key to genera
    Key to species + descriptions
Stratiomyidae - Soldierflies
    Key to genera
    Key to species + descriptions
Tabanidae - Horseflies
    Key to genera
    Key to species + descriptions
Xylomyidae - Wood-soldierflies
    Key + descriptions
Xylophagidae - Awl-flies
    Key + descriptions

Supplements
    Distribution per country, and flight season
    Photographers / Useful websites
    Index English names
    Index scientific names

Customer Reviews (1)

  • Accessible, well illustrated and engaging.
    By Richard 1 Nov 2022 Written for Paperback
    Although in no way a dipterist, I am interested in getting to grips with some of the more obvious groups in the UK fauna. This book offers a very good value-for-money guide to some of these groups. The book is very nicely produced, the illustrations and key layouts are brilliant, and the illustrations are very clear and easy to understand for a newcomer to the group. I cannot comment on the accuracy of the ID but assume it will be good as the authors are well-known dipterists.
    It includes a good overview of each genus, notes on flight period, habitat and ID for each species along with very good quality and well-reproduced photos.

    There are two indexes; one to common names and one to scientific names, which is great.

    The species coverage is Europe-wide but the species description includes which areas have each species in their fauna along with a tabulated overview of occurrence.

    On the negative side it is perfect bound so will not open and lay flat as would a wire-bound book (although this is likely due to keeping the cost down), size wise it is a little large for a field guide but this does allow the illustrations and photos to be large enough to be clearly understandable.

    I have yet to use it in the field but will be using it to ID pinned specimens whilst I await the 2023 season.

    I'd highly recommend it especially as it is very moderately priced.
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Biography

Theo Zeegers has studied horseflies for four decades and recently he has studied other flies with three pulvilli.

André Schulten is the author of a book on the Hoverflies of the Netherlands and Belgium, and together with Reinoud van den Broek he wrote the Field Guide to the Robberflies of the Netherlands and Belgium.

Field / Identification Guide Identification Key New
By: Theo Zeegers(Author), André Schulten(Author)
256 pages, colour photos, colour & b/w illustrations, colour distribution maps
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