Excerpt from An Account of British Flies, Vol. 1: Diptera The reason I undertook to publish this book was the almost total absence of any treatise in English upon this much-neglected order of insects. I have dealt with most of the species indigeus to the British Isles, and with many points of general interest relating to the order of Flies, also with the characteristics of families and genera, and, where possible, with the life histories of the various groups, especially of those that are injurious to our crops and farm stock. The only English work published on this subject is Walker's Insecta Britannica Diptera, which is w out of print. It was written more than fifty years ago, and naturally contains much that is quite out of date and inconsistent with the kwledge of the present day. It is hoped that this account may in some way fill up this gap in entomological literature. The author trusts he will be pardoned for the many discrepancies that may have crept in, owing in many instances to his imperfect kwledge of the languages in which most of the literature on this subject is written. For those who wish to go more fully into the subject, the larger works of Meigen ( Zweiflugelige Insecten ), Macquart ( Dipteres exotique ), and Schiner ( Fauna Austriaca ), together with the numerous papers, articles, and pamphlets enumerated at the end of each family, may be consulted. In a small work of this kind it is impossible to give a detailed description of all the species recorded as British. I have therefore chosen those about which there seems doubt, and have omitted many mentioned by Walker as being doubtful. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.