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Malloch Society AGM 6th February 2019

Members gathered in the National Museum of Scotland for the 31st Annual general meeting of the Society.  After the business of trhe meeting the following talks were presented

  • Kenn Watt - Monitoring Garden Hoverflies
  • Geoff Hancock - Australasian Anisopids 
  • Vlad Blagoderov - Visit to South Africa and Namibia 
  • Iain MacGowan - Blera, Hammerschmidtia and world Lonchaeids 
  • Steve Hewitt - Tipula gimmerthali in the Pennines

Instructing volunteers in monitoring techniques for the aspen hoverfly

Posted on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 by Registered CommenterADMIN | CommentsPost a Comment

Malloch Society 30th AGM Dec 2017

Some 11 members and gusets gathered in the National Museum of Scotland for the societies 30th Annual General Meeting.  After the business of the day the group enjoyed a wide range of talks covering such topics as developement of Diptera larvae mouthparts, Diptera in badger dung and conservation of the pine hoverfly.  The group later enjoyed an evening meal in a nearby restuarant.

Posted on Sunday, December 3, 2017 by Registered CommenterADMIN | CommentsPost a Comment | References1 Reference

Finnish trip for Pine hoverfly larvae 2015

By May 2015, captive breeding facilities at Edinburgh Zoo, RZS were complete in preparation for a Finnish population of Blera fallax. With the assistance of a colleague at the University of Helsinki, Gunilla Stahls, in mid-May a successful expedition to Finland took place, and a total of 30 larvae were located and collected from 3 sites outside Helsinki.

The larvae were transported back to the facilities in Edinburgh where husbandry staff at the zoo will practice techniques for captive rearing B. fallax in preparation for a Scottish population, but also promote interest in the species and the importance of its deadwood habitat. 

 Short film recording the first larvae found in a Pine rot hole in a cut stump, Finland:

 Short film of the excavation of a Pine rot hole in a cut stump, Finland:



Posted on Sunday, July 26, 2015 by Registered CommenterADMIN | CommentsPost a Comment | References15 References


Work has just begun (May 2008)  on a two year project to increase the knowledge of the montane invertebrates of Scotland, which includes all insect orders and spiders. The work, which is mainly funded by Scottish Natural Heritage,  is being managed by staff in the National Museums of Scotland. Other partners include the National Trust for Scotland, the John Muir Trust and Butterfly Conservation Scotland. The project will run for two years and will include an  extensive sampling programme on  mountain sites owned by the partner organisations.

smallcsteve%20montane%20sampling5.jpgAt this time of climatic change it is essential that we obtain up to date information on Scotland’s montane invertebrate species and establish their geographical and attitudinal distribution to act as baselines against which any further monitoring work can be set.


The project comprises of five main areas of work :

  • Development of a database of Scottish Montane Invertebrates - to be compiled from specimens in museum collections, literature references and from specimens collected as part of the project
  • Sampling and collection of new material - water trap / pitfall trap sampling to be undertaken on 10 mountain sites across Scotland owned by the partners
  • Identification of specimens - to be organised by the National Museums of Scotland with resulting specimens added to their collections
  • Studies of montane Lepidoptera - survey work undertaken by BC(S) to determine present wee%20black%20mountain%20moth6.jpggeographic and attitudinal distribution of montane Lepidoptera concentrating on BAP species such as the Black Mountain moth - as shown in the photograph to the right.
  • Analysis and outputs - database of all records of montane species will be made available - scientific papers, seminars and reports.


small%20N%20nivalis%20.JPGHand collecting of specimens by entomologists and volunteers will also form part of the survey effort and hopefully shall provide some more up to date information on the attitudinal distribution of  species such as the montane beetle Nebria nivalis






Posted on Wednesday, June 25, 2008 by Registered CommenterADMIN in | CommentsPost a Comment | References3 References

Hoverfly atlas has 89% coverage !

The Scottish Hoverfly atlas contains approximately 50,000 species records from an amazing 89% of the 10Km grid squares in Scotland. In order to promote further recording, understanding and conservation of hoverflies in Scotland this unique dataset is now being put on-line for all to use. Go to the Scotish Hoverfly Atlas page to find out more 

Posted on Tuesday, December 18, 2007 by Registered CommenterADMIN in | CommentsPost a Comment | References3 References

Welcome to the on-line version of the Scottish Hoverfly Atlas

Overall 10KmSq. coverage


The Scottish hoverfly fauna consists of 222 species and 9 forms or sub-species, out of 274 British species. However, some of the Scottish species are probably extinct e.g. Didea alneti, while others e.g. Rhingia rostrata, are probably mis-identifications.  There are 13 species unique to Scotland and not found in the rest of the British Isles.

To date nearly 50,000 records of hoverflies, covering some 998 10Km squares, out of a possible 1116 squares, are held on a computer database by Kob-Web records.

Literature sources have yielded over 5000 records. The main publications being:

The Scottish Naturalist

Annals of the Scottish Naturalist

Entomologists Monthly Magazine

as well as some local natural history journals such as:

Transactions of the Natural History Society of Glasgow

Transactions of the Perthshire Society of Natural Sciences

Transactions of aberdeen Working Men’s Natural History & Science Society

The main museum collections are found in:

The Royal Scottish Museum, Edinburgh

The Hunterian Museum, Glasgow

Kelvingrove Museum, Glasgow

Perth Museum & Art Gallery

Dundee City Museum

Aberdeen University Natural History Museum

Maps of the Scottish Syrphidae

Map Anasimyia contracta

Map Anasimyia interpuncta

Map Arctophila superbiens

Map Brachyopa insensilis

Map Brachyopa pilosa

Map Brachyopa scutellaris

Map Brachypalpoides lenta

Map Chamaesyrphus scaevoides

Map Cheilosia albipila

Map Cheilosia chrysocoma

Map Cheilosia grossa

Map Criorhina floccosa

Map Criorhina ranunculi

Map Chrysotoxum arcuatum

Map Chrysotoxum bicinctum

Map Eristalinus aeneus

Map Eristalis pertinax

Map Eristalis rupium

Map Ferdinandea cuprea

Map Helophilus hybridus

Map Xylota jakutorum

Map Xylota segnis

Map Xylota sylvarum

Map  Xylota tarda

Posted on Thursday, October 11, 2007 by Registered CommenterADMIN in | Comments Off

Initiative for Scottish Invertebrates meeting

A meeting of the Initiative for Scottish Invertebrates which took place at SNH Battleby on the 25th October 2007 attracted an audience of nearly 90 attendees interested in invertebrate conservation .  The meeting  was part of the Conserving Scottish Invertebrates project which is in the process of developing a  conservation strategy for invertebrates. 

Presentations and discussions took place on four main issues : Defining invertebrate biodiversity loss; Halting Invertebrate biodiversity loss, Understanding and documenting invertebrate diversity and isi%20battleby.jpg

Promoting education and awareness of invertebrates.   Four working groups have now been set up to develop further thinking on these areas with the aim of having the final “Strategy for Scottish Invertebrates” document published during the summer of 2008 

For further information contact 


Posted on Wednesday, September 19, 2007 by Registered CommenterADMIN in | CommentsPost a Comment | References2 References
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