Genus Apiocera - Flower-loving flies
A revision of the North American flies belonging to the genus Apiocera (Diptera, Apioceridae)By Mont A. Cazier
Bulletin of the AMNH ; vol. 171, pp. 287-467, 1982
An excellent and detailed reference for this fascinating family of flies.
There is also a 1985 companion/addendum publication by Cazier from the American Museum of Natural History entitled:
"New species and notes on flies belonging to the genus Apiocera (Diptera, Apioceridae)", American Museum Novitates, no. 2837, pp. 1-28.
It treats an additional 5 new NA species (A. mulegeae, warneri, varia, constricta
, and lavignei
), has revised keys for the entire genus, and also includes descriptions of previously unknown females of the species augur, alleni, exta
, and voragocolis
DIPTERA: an Introduction to FliesBy Nikita Vikhrev
Phyton publisher, Moscow, 2020
Available on NHBS (UK): https://www.nhbs.com/diptera-an-introduction-to-flies-book
Diptera: An Introduction to Flies is easy to read and gives a general introduction to this order of amazing insects.
The book was first published in Russian in 2019. the current English version was substantially extended and revised by the author and editors.
160 pages, 250 colour photos, hardback
Non-apoid flower-visiting fauna of Everglades National Park, Florida.By Pascarella, J.B., K.D. Waddington & P.R. Neal.
Biodiversity and Conservation, 10(4): 551–566., 2001
Pascarella, J.B., K.D. Waddington & P.R. Neal. 2001. Non-apoid flower-visiting fauna of Everglades National Park, Florida. Biodiversity and Conservation, 10(4): 551–566.
The non-apoid flower-visiting fauna of Everglades National Park (ENP), Florida, was surveyed during 1995–1997 as part of a community pollinator survey. One hundred and thirty one sampling trips were made to four areas of Everglades National Park (Shark Valley, Chekika, Long Pine Key (LPK), and Flamingo). Species–month curves indicate that the sampling effort resulted in capture of most of the flower-visiting animal species in the park. A total of 143 insects and 1 bird species were recorded. Diptera were the most diverse group (55 spp.), followed by Lepidoptera (42 spp.) and non-apoid Hymenoptera (34 spp.). The majority of species were rare (56% of species were found on fewer than five trips). The highest diversity of species was found from January to May during the peak flowering period in some plant communities. The greatest total diversity was found in Long Pine Key and Shark Valley had the lowest diversity. Chekika and Flamingo were intermediate in diversity. Animals visited 178 plant species,∼26% of the potentially animal pollinated Angiosperm diversity of the park. Twenty-five species of plants had only non-apoid flower visitors; the majority of these species had only visits by Lepidoptera. Potentially important pollinator species include members of the Syrphidae, Coleoptera, and Lepidoptera. However, many of the flower-visiting species may not be effective pollinators. This study will be useful for designing sampling protocols for including invertebrates in assessments of ecological restoration underway in the Everglades ecosystem and for more detailed studies of the importance of non-apoid flower-visitors as effective pollinators.