Cranefly Identification with Microscopes: Families

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FSC Bishops Wood
Crossway Green
DY13 9SE
United Kingdom


There are around 350 cranefly species in the British Isles, many of which require microscopic examination in order to reliably identify to species. This course will take you to the next step, providing you with the skills you need to be able to start identifying craneflies to family level using a microscope.

This course provides an introduction to identifying craneflies to family level. This includes a short presentation introducing the morphological features used to identify specimens to family level, followed by practical sessions guided by our expert tutor. During the lab sessions, you’ll explore a wide variety of different craneflies, including both common and rare ones that can be trickier to find in the wild. This course will use the British Craneflies, by Alan Stubbs – copies will be available for use from our reference library.

Through a combination of taught classroom content and lab-based practical sessions, learners will gain confidence in using the identification key and preserved specimens to identify craneflies to family level.

Course tutor: Pete Boardman