12th August 2014 - Topsham
I know they can be a nuisance, I know some of them spread diseases and I'll admit many have rather unsavoury lifestyles but take a close look at a fly and tell me they're not amazing. I've been pottering about the garden with my macro lens and, as usual, it's been mostly flies. Conditions haven't been perfect but occasionally the sun goes in (photos of shiny insects in bright sun look dreadful) and the wind drops (with exposure times of 1/5 second you don't want the subject moving at all). Here's a few mostly common species, all named using the appropriate identification keys.
|Lucilia sericata Calliphoridae - 12/8/2014 Topsham|
|Eristalis tenax Syrphidae - 12/8/2014 Topsham|
|Scathophaga stercoraria Scathophagidae - 12/8/2014 Topsham|
|Nemorilla floralis Tachinidae -12/8/2014 Topsham|
Ball, S.G. 2007; Key to the British Scathophagidae (Diptera), Version 3.1
Belshaw, R. 1993. Tachinid flies. Diptera: Tachinidae. Handbooks for the identification of British Insects. Royal Entomological Society of London 10, Part 4a(i).
Erzinçlioglu, Z. 1996; Blowflies. Naturalists' Handbooks 23. The Richmond Publishing Co.
Stubbs, A.E. & Falk, S.J. 2002. British Hoverflies. British Entomological and Natural History Society.