Heleomyzid Recording Scheme

  • Taxonomic Group (English): Spiny-winged flies
  • Taxonomic Group (Scientific): Diptera: Heleomyzidae and Trixoscelididae
  • Scheme Organiser: Ian Andrews

This scheme was established in 2020 to promote the study and recording of the 61 UK species in these two families. Its predecessor as a study group was described in the spring 2019 DF Bulletin (no. 87).

Records for the scheme can be added to iRecord, or contact Ian direct to send spreadsheet records.

A draft key to heleomyzids, by Duncan Sivell and Alan Stubbs, is available on request from Ian Andrews

A Heleomyzid project on iNaturalist is bringing together photo records of some of the 151 European species and highlights variety within the family here... 

Some photos of representative species from the Heleomyzidae can be seen by clicking on the following species names...

Morpholeria ruficornis 

Scoliocentra villosa

Tephrochlamys rufiventris

Oecothea fenestralis

Suillia pallida

...and this one from the Trixoscelididae.

Trixoscelis obscurella


For anyone wanting to check the general appearance of different species as a back up to using the Sivell & Stubbs key, the following pdfs might be useful...(work in progress)

Tephrochlamys flavipes / tarsalis

Heteromyza male faces