Around 283 species of hoverfly can be found in Britain, and for about half of these identification is best confirmed through microscopic examination. As sensitive habitat indicators and pollinators of a wide variety of plants, hoverflies are very important invertebrates in the British landscape. Learn how to identify some of these species using microscopes.
The day includes a short presentation introducing the morphological features used to identify specimens to tribe and species, followed by practical sessions guided by our expert tutor. During the lab sessions, you’ll explore a wide variety of different hoverfly specimens, including some that are easy to recognise, and some that require more detailed examination.
Through a combination of taught classroom content and lab-based practical sessions, learners will gain confidence in using the identification keys and preserved specimens to identify hoverflies to family level.
Course tutor: Martin Harvey