Book Special - September 2019
Field Guide to the Flower Flies
of Northeastern North America
by Jeffrey H. Skevington, Michelle M.
Locke, Andrew D. Young,
Kevin Moran, William J. Crins & Stephen A. Marshall
2019, 300 pages, 3000 color images, 414 maps, drawings. This is the first
comprehensive field guide to the flower flies (also known as hover flies) of
northeastern North America. Flower flies, along with bees, are our most
important pollinators. Found in a variety of habitats, from backyard gardens
to aquatic ecosystems, flower flies are often overlooked because many of
them mimic bees or wasps. Many species are distinctive, but even subtly
differentiated species can be identified accurately. This convenient guide
is an informative tool for identification.
Using color photographs and range maps, this guide covers all 416 species of flower flies occurring north of Tennessee and east of the Dakotas, including the high Arctic and Greenland. Each species account includes identification, size, abundance, flight time, notes on behavior, classification, hybridization, habitats, and larvae.
Summarizing current scientific understanding of flower fly fauna, this is an indispensable resource for anyone interested in discovering the diversity of flower flies.
Jeffrey H. Skevington is a research scientist and Michelle M.
Locke is a collection management technician with Agriculture and Agri-Food
Canada at the Canadian National Collection of Insects, Arachnids, and
Nematodes (CNC). Andrew D. Young is a postdoctoral fellow with the
California Department of Food and Agriculture at the California State
Collection of Arthropods. Kevin Moran is a doctoral candidate at Carleton
University. William J. Crins is retired and spent much of his career
working with the parks and protected areas program of the Ministry of
Natural Resources in Ontario. Stephen A. Marshall is professor of
entomology at the University of Guelph.