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DIPTERA (two-winged flies)

Subtaxa (ie subgroups of this Order)

BRACHYCERA (short-horned flies)
Asilomorpha (robber, bee, stiletto, window, dagger, long-legged & spider-parasite flies), eg: Leptogaster cylindrica (Striped Slender Robberfly) - Adult - dorsal view Muscomorpha (hover, scuttle, acalypterate, dung, house & parasitoid flies, blue/green bottles), eg: Volucella zonaria (a hoverfly) - Male - latero-dorsal view - visiting flower Tabanomorpha (horseflies, snipe flies & soldier flies), eg: Rhagio lineola (Small Fleck-winged Snipefly) - Male - dorsal view
Species 671 subtaxa 473 ident refs
NEMATOCERA (thread-horned flies, gnat)
Bibionomorpha (St Mark’s flies, fever flies), eg: Bibio clavipes (a St Mark's fly) - Male - dorsal view Culicomorpha (mosquitoes, gnats, midges & blackflies), eg: Psectrotanypus varius (a non-biting midge) - Male - dorsal view Psychodomorpha (owl midges or moth flies, winter & window gnats, scatopsids), eg: Sylvicola fenestralis (a window gnat) - Female - dorsal view Ptychopteromorpha (a group of craneflies), eg: Ptychoptera albimana (a cranefly) - Male - dorsal view Tipulomorpha (craneflies), eg: Tipula scripta (a cranefly) - Female - dorsal view - wings apart
Species 200 subtaxa 164 ident refs
Unidentified Diptera (Unidentified Two-winged Flies)
Lateral view

Suggested Literature

Identification Works

Diptera Info: Diptera Info
Colyer, C.N. & Hammond, C.O., 1951 Flies of the British Isles
Diptera (flies): Diptera (flies)
Guthrie, M., 1989 Animals of the Surface Film
Haenni, J-P, 2004 Les Mouches - planches d'Eugène Séguy / Flies - plates by Eugène Séguy
McAlpine, J.F. et al, 1981 Manual of Nearctic Diptera
Oldroyd, H., 1954 Diptera 1. Introduction and Key to Families
Papp, L. & Darvas, B., 2000 Palaearctic Diptera: Appendix
Pearce, E.K., 1921 Typical Flies - a photographic atlas
Scudder, G.G.E. & Cannings, R.A., 2006 The Diptera Families of British Columbia
Stubbs, A., 2003 Dipterists Forum Starter Pack
Cercle de Mycologie de Mons (Belgique): (Page perso de JJ. Wuilbaut): Cercle de Mycologie de Mons (Belgique): (Page perso de JJ. Wuilbaut)


Nilsson, A. (ed.), 1996 Aquatic Insects of North Europe
Nilsson, A. (ed.), 1996 Aquatic Insects of North Europe


Skidmore, P., 1991 Insects of the British Cow-Dung Community


Ball, S., in prep. British Families of Diptera
Families of British Diptera: Families of British Diptera
Oosterbroek, P., 2006 The European Families of the Diptera: identification, diagnosis, biology
Unwin, D.M., 1981 A Key to the Families of British Diptera


Module 11: identification of Diptera (true flies): Module 11: identification of Diptera (true flies)

Host plants

Kirk, W.D.J., 1992 Insects on Cabbages and Oilseed Rape


Smith, K.V.G., 1989 An Introduction to the immature stages of British Flies
Module 11: identification of Diptera (true flies): Module 11: identification of Diptera (true flies)
Sundermann, A. Lohse, S., Beck, L.A. & Haase, P., 2007 Key to the larval stages of aquatic true flies (Diptera), based on the operational taxa list for running waters in Germany


György Csóka, 2003 Levélaknák és Levélaknázók - Leaf Mines and Leaf Miners
Robbins, R., 1990 A Provisional Atlas of The Leaf Miners of Warwickshire, with notes on others occurring in the Midlands

on thistles

Redfern, M., 1995 Insects and Thistles

Plant galls

Redfern, M. & Shirley, P., 2002 British Plant Galls - Identification of galls on plants and fungi
Redfern, M. & Shirley, P., 2011 British Plant Galls
Stubbs, F.B. (Editor), 1986 Provisional Keys to British Plant Galls

BioInfo BioInfo ( has 277 general literature references to DIPTERA (two-winged flies)

DIPTERA may also be covered by literature listed under:

(living things)
(insects and other 6-legged organisms)
(true insects)

BioInfo BioInfo ( has 4114 feeding and other relationships of DIPTERA (two-winged flies)

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