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photograph Chloromyia formosa
Green Soldier Fly, male Chloromyia formosa

The body of the male of the Green Soldier Fly is bronze. More...


Family: Soldier Flies (Stratiomydae)


photograph Chloromyia formosa
Green Soldier Fly, female Chloromyia formosa

The body of the female of the Green Soldier Fly is greenish blue. More...


Family: Soldier Flies (Stratiomydae)


photograph Sargus bipunctatus
Twin-spot Centurion Soldier Fly Sargus bipunctatus

The Twin-spot Centurion Soldier Fly is easily identified by the two white spots in the face. More...


Family: Soldier Flies (Stratiomydae)


photograph Four-barred Major
Four-barred Major Oxycera rara

The Four-barred Major is a rather rare species in Europe. More...


Family: Soldier Flies (Stratiomydae)


photograph Poecilobothrus nobilitatus
Poecilobothrus nobilitatus

The male of Poecilobothrus nobilitatus has white-tipped wings. More...


Family: Long-legged Flies (Dolichopodidae)


photograph Neurigona quadrifasciata
Neurigona quadrifasciata

Neurigona quadrifasciata looks like a mosquito very much. More...


Family: Long-legged Flies (Dolichopodidae)


photograph Large Bee-fly
Large Bee-fly Bombylius major

The Large Bee-fly flies just like a hummingbird. More...


Family: Bee-flies (Bombyliidae)


photograph Bombylius venosus
Bombylius venosus

Bombylius venosus is a rather common species in England and Wales. More...


Family: Bee-flies (Bombyliidae)


photograph Common Horse Fly
Common Horse Fly Haematopota pluvialis

Looking at the eyes is helpful identifying the Common Horse Fly or Cleg-fly. More...


Family: Horse Flies (Tabanidae)


photograph Band-eyed Brown Horsefly
Band-eyed Brown Horsefly Tabanus bromius

The Band-eyed Brown Horsefly has very beautiful eyes as well. More...


Family: Horse Flies (Tabanidae)


photograph Down-looking Fly
Down-looking Fly Rhagio scolopaceus

The Down-looking Fly always likes to have a good look at what's happening below. More...


Family: Snipe Flies (Rhagionidae)


photograph Yellow Snipe Fly
Yellow Snipe Fly Rhagio tringarius

Except for the last segments of the body, the Yellow Snipe Fly is very yellowish indeed. More...


Family: Snipe Flies (Rhagionidae)


photograph Small Fleck-winged Snipefly
Small Fleck-winged Snipefly Rhagio lineola

Small Fleck-winged Snipefly is the smallest Snipe Fly in Britain and Ireland. More...


Family: Snipe Flies (Rhagionidae)


photograph Chrysopilus cristatus
Chrysopilus cristatus

The female of Chrysopilus cristatus is a very beautiful fly indeed. More...


Family: Snipe Flies (Rhagionidae)


photograph Yellow-legged Beegrabber
Yellow-legged Beegrabber Conops flavipes, male

The male of the Yellow-legged Beegrabber has more and broader yellow lines round the body. More...


Family: Thick-headed Flies (Conopidae)


photograph Yellow-legged Beegrabber
Yellow-legged Beegrabber Conops flavipes, female

The female of the Yellow-legged Beegrabber is much darker than the male is. More...


Family: Thick-headed Flies (Conopidae)


photograph Waisted Beegrabber
Waisted Beegrabber Physocephala rufipes

The Waisted Beegrabber is a fly, but has the typical wasp's waist. More...


Family: Thick-headed Flies (Conopidae)


photograph Sicus ferrugineus
Sicus ferrugineus

Sicus ferrugineus just looks like an ugly red fly. More...


Family: Thick-headed Flies (Conopidae)


photograph Tephrochlamys rufiventris
Tephrochlamys rufiventris

This is Tephrochlamys rufiventris. The larvae live in dung heaps, compost heaps and other rubbish. More...


Family: Sun Flies (Heleomyzidae)


photograph Dryomyza anilis
Dryomyza anilis

Dryomyza anilis belongs to a very small family of flies. Worldwide there are some 30 species only. More...


Family: Dryomyzidae


photograph Tetanocera elata
Tetanocera elata

The larvae of Tetanocera elata are parasites in snails. More...


Family: Snail Killing Flies, also known as Marsh Flies (Sciomyzidae)


photograph Coremacera marginata
Coremacera marginata

Coremacera marginata has red eyes. The wings are black with grey dots and the thorax has almost no markings to speak of. More...


Family: Snail Killing Flies, also known as Marsh Flies (Sciomyzidae)


photograph Rhinophora lepida
Rhinophora lepida

The larva of Rhinophora lepida usually live inside a Common Rough Woodlouse. More...


Family: Woodlouse Parasite Flies (Rhinophoridae)


photograph Tachina magnicornis / Tachina fera
Tachina magnicornis / Tachina fera

Often people believe they saw Tachina fera, but it is not possible to tell it apart from Tachina magnicornis, except by studying the genitals. More...


Family: Parasitic Flies (Tachinidae)


photograph Tachina grossa
Tachina grossa

Tachina grossa is one of Britain's largest flies. More...


Family: Parasitic Flies (Tachinidae)


photograph Eriothrix rufomaculatus
Eriothrix rufomaculatus

Eriothrix rufomaculatus is a species parasitic to Grass Moths. More...


Family: Parasitic Flies (Tachinidae)


photograph Gymnosoma nudifrons
Gymnosoma nudifrons

Gymnosoma nudifrons is a species parasitic to some shield bugs. More...


Family: Parasitic Flies (Tachinidae)


photograph Phasia hemiptera
Phasia hemiptera, male

The male of Phasia hemiptera has very beautiful, well-marked wings. More...


Family: Parasitic Flies (Tachinidae)


photograph Phasia hemiptera
Phasia hemiptera, female

The female of Phasia hemiptera has the usual unmarked wings so typical of most flies. More...


Family: Parasitic Flies (Tachinidae)


photograph Gymnocheta viridis
Gymnocheta viridis

Gymnocheta viridis looks like a Greenbottle, but is bigger and more hairy. More...


Family: Parasitic Flies (Tachinidae)


photograph Siphona geniculata
Siphona geniculata

Siphona geniculata is a useful species for gardeners, for its larvae eat leatherjackets. More...


Family: Parasitic Flies (Tachinidae)


photograph Phorocera obscura
Phorocera obscura

Phorocera obscura is often mistaken for a Grey Flesh Fly. More...


Family: Parasitic Flies (Tachinidae)


photograph Scathophaga stercoraria
Dung Fly, male Scathophaga stercoraria

The male of the Dung Fly is covered in golden yellowish hairs. More...


Family: Dung Flies (Scathophagidae)


photograph Scathophaga stercoraria
Dung Fly, female Scathophaga stercoraria

The female of the Dung Fly doesn't have the male's hairs and is greyish green. More...


Family: Dung Flies (Scathophagidae)


photograph Scathophaga stercoraria
Dung Fly, infested by a fungus (Entomophaga)

Dung Flies regularly suffer from a parasitic fungus. More...


Family: Dung Flies (Scathophagidae)


photograph Scathophaga inquinata
Scathophaga inquinata

Scathophaga inquinata looks like the Common Dung Fly a lot, but has orange antennae. More...


Family: Dung Flies (Scathophagidae)


photograph Sepsis fulgens
Lesser Dung Fly Sepsis fulgens

The very small Lesser Dung Fly looks like Mickey Mouse. More...


Family: Black Scavenger Flies, also known as Ensign Flies (Sepsidae)


photograph Acidia cognata
Acidia cognata

Acidia cognata is a big Fruit Fly and has well-marked wings. More...


Family: Fruit Flies (Tephritidae)


photograph Liriomyza lutea
Liriomyza lutea

The larva of Liriomyza lutea lives inside the seeds of among others Wild Parsnip. More...


Family: Leaf-miner Flies (Agromyzidae)


photograph Thaumatomyia sp
Grass Fly Thaumatomyia sp

Grass Flies are usually dark banded yellow flies and very small indeed. Adults may overwinter in buildings in huge numbers. More...


Family: Grass Flies (Chloropidae)


photograph Platycephala planifrons
Flat-Headed Shoot Fly Platycephala planifrons

The Flat-Headed Shoot Fly is associated with Common Reet, which it uses as an elevator. More...


Family: Grass Flies (Chloropidae)


photograph Tricholauxania praeusta
Tricholauxania praeusta

The Tricholauxania praeusta is a small orange-yellow fly mining rotting leaves. More...


Family: Lauxaniidae


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