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Britain's Hoverflies

… a terrific guide to a fascinating group!

Britain's Hoverflies: An Introduction to the Hoverflies of Britain By Stuart Ball & Roger Morris | 296 pages, 500 colour photos | colour distribution maps | WildGuides | Paperback | PVC slip-over cover | Mar 2013 | ISBN 9780691156590 The Publisher’s View: Britain's Hoverflies is a beautifully illustrated photographic field guide to all the genera of hoverflies found in Britain, focusing on the species most likely to be identified. Accessible and designed to appeal to a wide audience, the book contains more than 500 remarkable photographs exploring the various life stages of all 69 hoverfly genera and the 164 most commonly seen species. Easy-to-use species accounts highlight key identification features, including status, behaviour, and habitat requirements. The book also contains distribution maps, phenology charts, and introductory chapters that examine hoverfly biology. This guide is the perfect companion for wildlife enthusiasts, professional ecologists, and anyone with an interest in this unique insect family.

The Authors: Since 1991, Stuart Ball and Roger Morris have jointly run the Hoverfly Recording Scheme. They are the co-authors of Provisional Atlas of British Hoverflies and active members of the Dipterists Forum (the society promoting the study of flies). Fatbirder View:This is an easy review… as I am still reeling under the shock of just how many hoverflies we have! I have a bush in my postage stamp yard that they love. It stands about eight foot high and as much around and is evergreen… I have no idea what it is but, in high summer, if you tap the bush lightly with a stick, about two hundred hoverflies emerge! I reckoned that there might be half a dozen different species of the little stripy fellows. I even noticed that some were black and white and others yellow and black like imitation wasps. I dismissed all the little tiny bee-like hoverers and shiny flies as, we, just that, bees and flies. Not a bit of it, I already know now that I must have many more species than I thought.

Last year Ash photographed a few and has mailed me to say he has identified three from his photos and already has a list of a dozen photographed around his home in Bucks. I’ve told him to read this book cover to cover and learn hovercraft lore as I am, even with this splendid book, going to find it hard. He can take more photos and I’ll do my best to ID a few that I find behind the curtains where they trap themselves! I thought there might be a dozen or two species in the UK not, literally hundreds!

Thanks guys as if it wasn’t already hard enough trying to get a handle on butterflies, bumblebees and birds! I really do mean thank you… this is a terrific guide to a fascinating group… might even make me sign up to the Royal Entomological Society!

Fatbirder

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