New identification guides for soldierfly allies

The Soldierflies and Allies Recording Scheme has added two new identification guides to the set which can be downloaded from the scheme website:

The new guides cover bee-flies in genus Villa, and horseflies (or clegs) in genus Haematopota. Both groups contain some tricky species and hopefully these guides will help you recognise them, and to find and record these fascinating flies.

Many thanks to the people who have contributed photos or advice (Andy Grayson, Janet Graham and Silvie Herault), and as usual a very big thank you to Steven Falk for permission to use photos from his brilliant Flickr collections. Thanks also to the Angela Marmont Centre at the Natural History Museum for allowing use of specimens and photo-stacking equipment for the Haematopota guide.

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