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SYRPHIDAE (hover flies, drone flies, flower flies, hoverfly)

Subtaxa (ie subgroups of this Family)

Suggested Literature

Identification Works

Ball, S. & Morris, R., 2013 Britain's Hoverflies: an introduction to the hoverflies of Britain
Coe, R.L., 1953 Diptera: Syrphidae
Photos of Insects: Photos of Insects
Diptera (flies): Diptera (flies)
Gilbert, F.S., 1993 Hoverflies
Rotheray, G.E., 1989 (Key to adults of aphidivorous species. ) Aphid Predators
Stubbs, A., 2011 A review of extra and potential extra hoverflies
Stubbs, A.E. & Falk, S.J., 1983 British Hoverflies (ed 1)
Stubbs, A.E. & Falk, S.J., 2002 British Hoverflies (ed 2)
Stubbs, A.E., 1986 British Hoverflies - 1st Supplement
Stubbs, A.E., 1996 British Hoverflies - 2nd supplement
van Veen, M., 2004 Hoverflies of Northwest Europe: Identification keys to the Syrphidae
British Hoverflies: British Hoverflies


Hartley, J. C., 1961 A taxonomic account of the larvae of some British Syrphidae
Rotheray, G.E., 1989 (Keys to larvae of aphidivorous species.

In first couplet: translucent larvae count as "otherwise coloured". )
Aphid Predators
Rotheray, G.E., 1993 Colour Guide to Hoverfly Larvae (Diptera, Syrphidae) in Britain and Europe


Ball, S.G., 2008 Colour Key to the Tribes of the Syrphidae

BioInfo BioInfo ( has 22 general literature references to SYRPHIDAE (hover flies, drone flies, flower flies, hoverfly)

SYRPHIDAE may also be covered by literature listed under:

(living things)
(insects and other 6-legged organisms)
(true insects)
(two-winged flies)
(short-horned flies)
(hover, scuttle, acalypterate, dung, house & parasitoid flies, blue/green bottles)

BioInfo BioInfo ( has 361 feeding and other relationships of SYRPHIDAE (hover flies, drone flies, flower flies, hoverfly)

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