True Flies - Main Families

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Wood Gnats (Anisopodidae)

Wood Gnat (Sylvicola punctatus) (Anisopodidae) (S Orridge)

Robberflies (Asilidae)

Kite-tailed Robberfly (Machimus atricapillus) (Asilidae) (S Orridge)
Leptarthrus brevirostris

St Mark's Flies (Bibionidae)

Black Gnat (Bibio johannis) (S Orridge)
Hawthorn Fly (Bibio marci) (Bibionidae) (S Orridge)
Red-thighed St Mark's Fly (Bibio pomonae) (Bibionidae) (S Orridge)
Red-thighed St Mark's Fly (Bibio pomonae) (Bibionidae) (S Orridge)
Fever Fly (Dilophus febrilis) (Bibionidae) (S Orridge)

Non-biting Midges (Chironomidae)

Non-biting Midge spp (Chironomidae) (S Orridge)
Non-biting Midge spp (Chironomidae) (S Orridge)

Thick-headed Flies (Conopidae)

Conops quadrifasciatus (Conopidae) (S Orridge)
Conops quadrifasciatus (Conopidae) (S Orridge)
Waisted Beegrabber (Physocephala rufipes) (Conopidae) (S Orridge)
Ferruginous Beegrabber (Sicus ferrugineus) (Conopidae) (S Orridge)
Waisted Beegrabber (Physocephala rufipes) (Conopidae) (S Orridge)

Mosquitos (Culicidae)

Banded House Mosquito (Culiseta annulata) (Culicidae) (S Orridge)

Long-legged Flies (Dolichopodidae)

Semaphore Fly (Poecilobothrus nobilitatus) (Dolichopodidae) (S Orridge)
Long-legged Fly spp (Liancalus virens) (Dolichopodidae) (S Orridge)

Dryomyzidae

Dryomyza anilis (Dryomyzidae) (S Orridge)

Dance Flies (Empididae)

Dance Fly spp (Rhamphomyia flava) (Empididae) (S Orridge)
Hanging Fly (Empis tessellata) (Empididae) (S Orridge)
Hanging Fly (Empis tessellata) (Empididae) (S Orridge)
Dance Fly spp (Empis livida) (Empididae) (S Orridge)
Dance Fly spp (Empis livida) (Empididae) (S Orridge)
Dance Fly spp (Empis digramma) (Empididae) (S Orridge)

Lauxaniidae

Pseudolyciella spp (Lauxniidae) (S Orridge)
Pseudolyciella spp (Lauxniidae) (S Orridge)

Limoniid Craneflies (Limoniidae)

Limoniid Cranefly spp (Rhipidia maculata) (S Orridge)

House Flies and allies (Muscidae)

House Fly spp (Phaonia rufiventris or P subventa) (Muscidae) (S Orridge)
Huse Fly spp (Phaonia angelicae) (Muscidae) (S Orridge)
Noon Fly (Mesembrina meridiana) (Muscidae) (S Orridge)
House Fly spp (Graphomya maculata) (Muscidae) (S Orridge)
House Fly spp (Graphomya maculata) (Muscidae) (S Orridge)

Snipe Flies (Rhagionidae)

Marsh Snipe Fly (Rhagio tringarius) (Rhagionidae) (S Orridge)
Small Fleck-winged Snipe Fly (Rhagio lineola) (Rhagionidae) (S Orridge)
Downlooker Snipe Fly (Rhagio scolopaceus) (Rhagionidae) (S Orridge)
Black Snipe Fly (Chrysopilus cristatus) (Rhagionidae) (S Orridge)

Dung Flies (Scathophagidae)

Yellow Dung Fly (Scathophaga stercoraria) (Scathophagidae) (S Orridge)
Yellow Dung Fly with prey (Blowfly Lucilla spp) (Scathophagidae) (S Orridge)
Yellow Dung Flies mating (Scathophagidae) (S Orridge)
Dung Fly spp (Norellia spinipes) (Scathophagidae) (S Orridge)

Dark-winged Fungus Gnats (Sciaridae)

Dark-winged Fungus Gnat spp (Sciaridae) (S Orridge)

Kelp, Marsh, Thick-Headed Flies and allies (Sciomyzoidea)

Snail Killing Fly (Sepedon sphegea) (Sciomyzoidae) (S Orridge)
Snail Killing Fly with prey (Sepedon sphegea) (Sciomyzoidae) (S Orridge)
Dryomyzidae spp (Dryomyza anilis) (Sciomyzoidae) (S Orridge)

Black Scavenger Flies (Sepsidae)

Black Scavenger Fly spp (Sepsidae) (Andy Gregory)
Black Scavenger Fly spp (Sepsidae) (S Orridge)
Black Scavenger Flies spp (Sepsidae) (S Orridge)

Soldier Flies (Startiomyidae)

Twin-spot Centurion Fly (Sargus bipunctatus) (Stratiomyidae) (S Orridge)
Twin-spot Centurion Fly (Sargus bipunctatus) (Stratiomyidae) (S Orridge)
Broad Centurion Fly (Chloromyia formosa) (Stratiomyidae) (S Orridge)
Broad Centurion Fly (Chloromyia formosa) (Stratiomyidae) (S Orridge)

Hover Flies (Syrphidae)

Pellucid Hover Fly (Volucella pellucens) (Syrphidae) (S Orridge)
Hover Fly spp (Sericomyia lappona) (Syrphidae) (S Orridge)
Fourspot Sedgesitter (Platycheirus rosarum) (Syrphidae) (S Orridge)
Hover Fly spp (Parasyphus punctulatus) (Syrphidae) (S Orridge)
Ladder-backed Hover Fly (Melanostoma scalare) (Syrphidae) (S Orridge)
Ladder-backed Hover Fly (Melanostoma scalare) female (Syrphidae) (S Orridge)
Pale-saddled Leucozona (Leucozona glaucia) (Syrphidae) (S Orridge)
Black-tailed Aphieater (Eupeodes luniger) (Syrphidae) (S Orridge)
Stripe-winged Drone Fly (Eristalis horticola) (Syrphidae) (S Orridge)
Hover Fly spp (Chrysotoxum bicinctum) (Syrphidae) (S Orridge)
Bumblebee Blacklet (Cheilosia illustrata) (Syrphidae) (S Orridge)

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Horse and Deer Flies (Tabanidae)

Black-horned Cleg (Haematopota crassicornis) (Tabanidae) (S Orridge)

Bristle Flies (Tachinidae)

Bristle Fly spp (Trixa conspersa) (Tachinidae) (S Orridge)
Bristle Fly spp (Triarthria setipennis) (Tachinidae) (S Orridge)
Bristle Fly spp (Tachina ursina) (Tachinidae) (S Orridge)
Yellow-faced Fly (Tachina grossa) (Tachinidae) (S Orridge)
Yellow-faced Fly (Tachina grossa) (Tachinidae) (S Orridge)
Bristle Fly spp (Tachina fera) (Tachinidae) (S Orridge)
Bristle Fly spp (Tachina fera) (Tachinidae) (S Orridge)
Bristle Fly spp (Sturmia bella) (Tachinidae) (S Orridge)
Bristle Fly spp (Siphona spp) (Tachinidae) (S Orridge)
Bristle Fly spp (Tachinidae) (S Orridge)
Bristle Fly spp (Gymnocheta viridis) (Tachinidae) (S Orridge)
Dufouria spp (Tachinidae) (S Orridge)

Long-palped Craneflies (Tipulidae)

Commonly known as ‘daddy long legs’, these flies have long palps and legs, an elongated abdomen and wings which are usually long and can be plain or patterned. 8 genera and 87 species.

Tipulidae are in the suborder Nematocera of True Flies (Diptera). This suborder includes: Short-palped craneflies, Long-palped craneflies, Hairy-eyed craneflies, Fold-winged craneflies, Moth flies, Mosquitoes, Biting midges, Non-biting midges, Fungus gnats, Black fungus gnats and St Mark’s flies. Their larvae are terrestrial, aquatic or semiaquatic.

September Cranefly (Tipula pallidosa) (S Orridge)
Long-palped Cranefly spp (Tipula confusa) (S Orridge)
Long-palped Cranefly spp (Tipula varipennis) (S Orridge)
Short-winged Cranefly (Tipula pagana) (S Orridge)
Giant Cranefly (Tipula maxima) (S Orridge)
Long-palped Cranefly spp (Tipula vittata) (S Orridge)