Some Diptera web links

Page set up by Ken Merrifield. Thanks to all who have contributed the links that have been incorporated here. Last updated 11 September 2022 to remove broken links.
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British Isles Diptera

Diptera (World)

Leaf Mines (see also Galls)

  •  "The leaf and stem mines of British flies and other insects"  (Coleoptera, Diptera, Hymenoptera and Lepidoptera) by Brian Pitkin, Willem Ellis, Colin Plant and Rob Edmunds. "A total of 885 British leaf, stem, twig, bark and samara miners are included in this account. A total of 1, 100 insects are discussed, although not all are miners as all agromyzids recorded in Britain and Ireland whether miner or not are included."
  • Leaf miners of Europe (bilingual) includes Galls

Diptera Blogs

Other Blogs

Photo Sites

On-Line Keys (see also Photo Sites)


  • the UK Species Inventory, maintained by the Natural History Museum - see also the UKSI 'snadbox' which provides additional search and reference tools:
  • Fauna Europaea; The scientific names of all European land and freshwater animals brought together in one authoritative database. Name search, distribution maps
  • "A database linking taxonomic names to their original descriptions, to taxa, and to phylogenies."
  • "ION contains the organism names related data gathered from the scientific literature for Thomson Reuters' Zoological Record® database. Viruses, bacteria and plant names will be added from other Thomson Reuters databases such as BIOSIS Previews®."
  • Encyclopaedia of Life EOL Global access to knowledge about life on Earth
  • Catalogue of Life
  • "Species 2000 is an autonomous federation of taxonomic database custodians, involving taxonomists throughout the world. Our goal is to collate a uniform and validated index to the world's known species (plants, animals, fungi and microbes)."
  • "Welcome to ITIS, the Integrated Taxonomic Information System! Here you will find authoritative taxonomic information on plants, animals, fungi, and microbes of North America and the world. We are a partnership of U.S., Canadian, and Mexican agencies (ITIS-North America); other organizations; and taxonomic specialists. ITIS is also a partner of Species 2000 and the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF). The ITIS and Species 2000  Catalogue of Life (CoL)  partnership is proud to provide the taxonomic backbone to the  Encyclopedia of Life (EOL)."
  • … 099caae36c  "GBIF Backbone Taxonomy, often called the Nub taxonomy, is a single synthetic management classification with the goal of covering all names GBIF is dealing with."
  • "BioStor Articles from the Biodiversity Heritage Library"
  • The Biodiversity Heritage Library improves research methodology by collaboratively making biodiversity literature openly available to the world as part of a global biodiversity community. Scans of classic literature and some recent journals
  • Species names and specimens in Smithsonian Institution
  •  "Animal Diversity Web (ADW) is an online database of animal natural history, distribution, classification, and conservation biology at the University of Michigan"
  • International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature (ICZN) (also ICZN Code online)
  • Atlas of Living Australia, lists names of organisms if found in Australia. List of collections
  • BioLib is an international encyclopedia of plants, fungi and animals.
  • "Advance your research Discover scientific knowledge, and make your research visible. Our mission is to connect researchers and make it easy for them to share and access scientific output, knowledge, and expertise. On ResearchGate they find what they need to advance their research."
  •  A mega-journal for zoological taxonomists in the world
  • Abc Taxa is the product of the Belgian National Focal Point to the Global Taxonomy Initiative, a series of peer-reviewed manuals dedicated to capacity building in zoological and botanical taxonomy, in collection management and in good practices in taxonomic and curatorial research.
  • Studia dipterologica (ISSN 1433-4968) is a journal of taxonomy, systematics, ecology and faunistics of Diptera
  • Norwegian Journal of Entomology "NJE is a continuation of Fauna Norvegica Serie B (1979-1998), Norwegian Journal of Entomology (1975-1978), and Norsk entomologisk Tidsskrift (1921-1974). With its long tradition, the journal provides important documentation of the Norwegian fauna over time for future research and management." In English
  • "The EDIT Platform for Cybertaxonomy is a collection of open source tools and services which together cover all aspects of the taxonomic workflow."
  • (ex website is devoted to the class of the same name invertebrate animals. In the relevant sections you will find updated taxa tree, catalog of insects species with selection parameters, gallery with thousands of photos, online service for maintaining entomological collections linked to the website catalog with ability to share information with other users, as well as the community of experts and hexapod fans.


Other Aspects of Taxonomy

Museums & Collection Management

General Entomology and Recording sites