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It is a great pleasure to invite you to attend the 9th International Symposium on Syrphidae (ISS9). Taking place for the first time in the Neotropical Region, the ISS9 will be held in Curitiba (Brazil) from 28th August to 1st September 2017.
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Sad news from Warsaw: Prof. Przemys┼éaw Trojan, our member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Dipteron-Wroc┼éaw, the famous Polish Dipterist and an expert in Tabanidae, died on November, 18, 2015 in Nowe Grochale (Leoncin distr.).
He was born on August 22, 1929, in Pruszk├│w near Warsaw.
von Tschirnhauson 11 May 2016 17:01:36
Thaumatomyia glabra (Meigen, 1830), Chloropidae. The only European Thaumatomyia species with largely reduced hairs on the body [the only reason for Loew (1866) to create an own genus for it, the synonym Chloropisca]. Well known as a chloropid with zoophagous larvae, predators of root lice (Pemphigidae), e.g. on the roots of carrots. Different from its congeneric species notata (Meigen) it rarely aggregates in swarms in autumn. But single specimens regularly enter the notata swarms. In North America several publications report swarms. The species is well known as a flower visitor as documented on this photo. The first detailed article on the biology: Parker, J.R. 1918: The life history and habits of Chloropisca glabra Meig., a predaceous oscinid (chloropid).- Journal of economic Entomology 11: 368-380. (See id=71905&pid=305995#post_305995) View Photo Comment
Weiaon 22 April 2016 20:12:56
This not a Psychoda, I think. The way the wings are held is not OK, the venation isn't. It is somewhere i tribus Telmatoscopini. View Photo Comment
Weiaon 22 April 2016 20:07:01
I don't think this is Clogmia albipunctata, it lacks the white dots along the wing border. And it has too much white on the prothorax. But it defnitely is of tribus Telmatoscopini, as Clogmia is. View Photo Comment
von Tschirnhauson 11 April 2016 20:05:01
Pachylophus, Loew, 1858, Chloropidae, is a very characteristic component of the Afrotropical chloropid fauna with species also in the Middle East. Many species are still undescribed and many are hosts of parasitic ascomycete fungi, the Laboulbeniales. All species are viviparous, in most species two larvae develop synchronously. The hind femora are always enlarged. View Photo Comment