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Identification - Ephemeroptera

The Riverfly Partnership, in collaboration with the Field Studies Council published a pictorial guide to the British Ephemeroptera.  This easy to use species guide has fantastic images to support identification and is ideal for the beginner. 

 

Macadam, C.R. and Bennett, C.J. (2010).  A pictorial guide to the British Ephemeroptera.  Field Studies Council, Shrewsbury.  128pp.

 

The identification of British (and Irish) Ephemeroptera is covered by two scientific publications by the Freshwater Biological Association (FBA).

 

Elliott, J.M. and Humpesch, U.H (1983): A key to the Adults of the British Ephemeroptera with notes on their ecology.  Scientific Publications of the Freshwater Biological Association, No. 47, 101pp.

 

Elliott, J.M. and Humpesch, U.H. (2010): Mayfly larvae (Ephemeroptera) of Britain and Ireland: keys and a review of their biology.  Scientific Publications of the Freshwater Biological Association, No. 66, 152pp.

 

These taxonomic keys provide the information required to successfully identify most of the British Ephemeroptera.  They also provide extensive notes on their life cycles and ecology.

 

There is also a key to the Ephemeroptera published in the Naturalist Handbook series:

 

Harker, J. (1989): Mayflies.  Naturalists' Handbook, No. 13, 56pp.

 

It should be noted that there have been some recent revisions and additions to the British Ephemeroptera that are not noted in older publications.