This is the guide to hoverflies; experts refer to this book frequently. I can see why!
The book is effectively two halves, the first is a pretty comprehensive and interesting text covering the lifecycle of hoverflies, their habitat and how to go about studying/collecting them. The second part is a set of keys. It should be noted these are technical keys often with references to details requiring a microscope and dissection to see. However it is possible to identify many of these fascinating creatures to species level without technical aids; I am totally inexperienced in this field but used this book to identify a Myathropa florae specimen at the first time of using (see [...]
No review could fail to mention the plates by Falk. There are 18 black&white and 12 colour plates illustrating 190 species. These are simply stunning, worth the purchase price on their own. The text is clearly and succinctly written and yet entertaining with the passion Stubbs has for this subject shining through.
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