European Micropezids & Tanypezids

Countries are thirsty for summarized data and insights for policy-making but we are running short of tools (Martinez, 2023)

What's New

July 2023

Newsletter #5.

April 2023

Natural History Museum who host these Scratchpads announce that they will no longer be editable by us after September (now postponed until June 2024.) They will then become "read-only" unless we find an alternative host. See GBIF post.

European Atlas (version 8) begun as point maps, Compiled from a range of sources in order to read into QGIS. Omitting Chamaepsila.

Comprehensive World Atlas update begun, starting with the Calobatinae. For European species also check the media at each taxon. Data from all available sources,

March 2023

UK distribution map update: atlas up to 2022 (see NBN Atlas dataset). Updated UK maps are available here only for those taxa for which new records were received.

May 2022

Verification video

January 2022

Newsletter #4.

October 2021

UK Atlas & status revised. DOI

September 2021

UK distribution maps updated. Detailed at each taxon.

August 2021

UK dataset increased by 20% - see NBN Atlas

November 2020

Work by this scheme featured in an NBN news item - Sharing non-UK datasets with GBIF

July 2020

Forum implemented. Registration by invitation only.

June 2020

First public access upload to a GBG. See NBN Atlas and GBIF to explore records from Czech Republic and Slovakia extracted from Rohacek, 1990. Change settings and filters on the map to view them. See datasets page for details of this and further planned uploads.

May 2020

iNaturalist project set up for European recorders.
Darwin Core spreadsheet template devised. Record species occurrences and be reassured of compatibility with any imaginable system.

April 2020

Spreadsheet taxonomic checklist available as download.

March 2020

    A good read by Owen Lonsdale: Family groups of Diopsoidea and Nerioidea (Diptera: Schizophora)—Definition, history and relationships

February 2020

    Checklist additions via iNaturalist to Luxembourg, Bulgaria, North Caucasus & East European Russia

January 2020

December 2019

  • Additions to checklists for North West European Russia (via iNaturalist) and Finland

November 2019

  • Additions to species list and Caucasus checklist

October 2019

  • Multi-access online keys added to this site for Micropezidae & Psilidae. Many thanks to Charles Roper for assistance in uploading them.

September 2019

  • The counter widget above is not accurate. Scratchpad's own Site List suggests site visitor numbers at around 160 per month but it is not clear how often that list is updated.

July 2019

  • Royal Belgian Society for Entomology expedition returns from 8 days collecting (260 pan traps plus sweep netting) in 4 forest sites in Alta Rocca, southern Corsica. It will take months to sort through the material, expect additions to the Corse checklist.
  • Austria checklist updated
  • Checklist of Diptera of the Czech Republic and Slovakia are online at - this updates some of the references

May 2019

  • Added FSC Identikit source files for Micropezidae & Psilidae keys (desktop system)
  • Hard copies of older (pre 1996) Dipterists Forum Bulletin obtained. Started to digitise and add to the list.

April 2019

  • This page implemented
  • Micropeza lateralis distribution & checklists updated (Dvořák)

March 2019

  • Checklists for European Countries implemented (this is an ongoing project, if you have additions then let me know)

February 2019

January 2019

  • Blog

December 2018

  • Initial site construction


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