Revision of The Diptera Site from Wed, 2009-10-28 09:41

 Lampria dives. © Steve Marshall


This website has been upgraded to Drupal 6 on 5. September. Except for panel curation all functionality is back on the site. The workflow has improved. Check the 'How to' pages for help.

A community driven site for authoritative information on Diptera. 

The *new* Diptera Site has its origins in the general Diptera pages of the The Diptera Site by F. Christian Thompson, but this new site is positioned to encourage contributions from registered users.  


This website is open to everyone around the world interested in flies, whether professionals or amateurs. Please help us maintain a high standard of content. The focus of this site lies primarily but not exclusively on taxonomy, phylogeny and nomenclature of Diptera. There are other Diptera sites dealing with specific groups and an active community site

We would like to offer a species page for each Diptera family. Please help and create species pages for your favourite taxa (see How to create a species page). To participate, please create an account and state your intent to build species pages. You are also welcome to start a group on your favourite taxon (see for example Carnidae), start a forum discussion on the family classification, add bibliographic citations or images, make comments to the various pages, etc. 


Navigation of the Diptera Classification: A click on a term in the 'Diptera Classification' menu will open the child taxa of this term as well as the taxon panel for this term. To find a taxon panel you can also click on 'Taxonomy' above the search field, enter a term and search. Currently the classification goes only down to family level except for selected families and FLYTREE taxa. Example species pages are available for Ephydridae and Carnidae (Carnus hemapterus, Hemeromyia obscura, Meoneura obscurella).


FAQ and a help forum are available at the Scratchpad website. Some problems only occur when using Internet Explorer, Safari and Opera, so if possible use Mozilla Firefox.

The banner is adapted from a photo of Glyphidops flavifrons (Neriidae) kindly provided by Steve Marshall (S. Marshall). 

Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith