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True flies


(Ancient Greek - di = sheath ; pteron = wing)

Recognised by having just one pair wings, the second pair are modified into halteres, which act as balancing organs

Insects in this order

  • Dark edged bee fly

    ©Archie Mathison Bombylius major Family: Bombyliidae Also known as bee flies or humble flies, the Bombyliidae family contain over 5,000 species worldwide. The adults often bare a strong resemblance to bees, hence the name, and they usually feed on nectar and pollen, making them important...
  • Drone-fly

    © Jessica Caterson Drone fly ( Eristalis tenax ) The true flies (Diptera) include many well-known groups: e.g. mosquitoes, crane flies (‘daddy-longlegs’), midges, horseflies, bluebottles, and houseflies. They all have only one pair of membranous wings (the forewings), most of them have large...
  • Marmalade hoverfly

    ©Archie Mathison Episyrphus balteatus Family: Syrphidae (Also known as Hoverflies) The hoverfly family contains around 6,000 species around the world, they are often seen hovering around flowers and will often be mistaken for wasps or bees. There are around 250 species of hoverfly in the UK and the...
  • Tiger crane fly

    Crane flies are delicate long legged flies. There are over 300 crane fly or 'daddy long-legs' species in the UK.

Did you know?

Most bizarre use

The wart biter cricket has such a powerful bite, that it was used to bite off warts – ouch!

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