Heleomyzid Recording Scheme

Oecothea fenestralis fly
Oecothea fenestralis, showing the spines on the leading edge of the wing, from which the family gets its name of "spiny-winged flies" (photo by Ian Andrews)
  • Taxonomic Group (English): Spiny-winged flies
  • Taxonomic Group (Scientific): Diptera: Heleomyzidae and Trixoscelididae
  • Scheme Organiser: Ian Andrews

This scheme was established in 2020 to promote the study and recording of the 61 UK species in these two families. Its predecessor as a study group was described in the spring 2019 DF Bulletin (no. 87).

Records for the scheme can be added to iRecord, or contact Ian direct to send spreadsheet records.

A draft key to heleomyzids, by Duncan Sivell and Alan Stubbs, is available on request from Ian Andrews

A Heleomyzid project on iNaturalist is bringing together photo records of some of the 151 European species and highlights variety within the family here... 

Some photos of representative species from the Heleomyzidae can be seen by clicking on the following species names...

Morpholeria ruficornis 

Scoliocentra villosa

Tephrochlamys rufiventris

Oecothea fenestralis

Suillia pallida

...and this one from the Trixoscelididae.

Trixoscelis obscurella