Flies & Hoverflies
These sub-sections are organised alphabetically by scientific name, then the common name, where there is one. Details of location may also be included, although this might be quite general. Many can be found in the simplest of gardens.
To enlarge a thumbnail left click on an image when the pointed finger appears (or double-tap on Touchscreen). This also gives access to a slideshow where there may be further information.
Care should be taken if searching for any orange/yellow and black banded insect as many flies, bees and wasps share this basic pattern.
The reference books I have found most useful for Beetles are:
Guide to Insects of Britain and Ireland – Brock
Insects of Britain and Western Europe – Chinery
Useful websites include:
http://www.naturespot.org.uk/ Leics/Rutland based
www.tuin.thijs.com Random photos of European insects
Sociedad Andaluza de Entomologia Facebook page for Spain
Insects of Britain and Northern Europe Facebook
All images are my own. Unless stated otherwise, these images were taken in Northamptonshire.