Hoverfly Rhingia Campestris on red campion, Wye Dale 13/05/20 (Andy Gregory)

True flies (Diptera)

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About true flies

160,600 species identified worldwide, c.1,700 species in Britain. Second largest order in Britain.

One pair of wings, hindwings modified into pin-shaped halteres used for balance when in flight. Large compound eyes, antennae tend to be short. Mouthparts structured to suck moisture or nectar, or to pierce surfaces to suck blood. Legless larvae known as maggots.

Larger, more-studied species fall into the following families: Robberflies, St Mark’s flies, Bee-flies, Blowflies, Houseflies and allies, Fold-winged cranefies, Soldierflies, Hoverflies, Horseflies, Parasitic flies and Long-palped craneflies. 

True flies in the High Peak

Takes you to the up-to-date list and photo galleries of all true fly observations within the High Peak area, as recorded on iNaturalist

Takes you to the up-to-date list and photo galleries of all true fly observations within the ‘Buxton polygon’ area, as recorded on iNaturalist and collected by the Buxton Biodiversity Recording Group project

Hawthorn Fly (Bibio marci) (Bibionidae) (S Orridge)

Brief summaries and photos taken by our members of each of the main families of True Flies.

Marmalade Hoverfly (Episyrphus balteatus) (S Orridge)

A gallery of photos taken by our members of this attractive and varied family of True Flies, the Syrphidae.

Identifying true flies

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