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I decided to write to all Syrphidologist the bad news about Pavel LĂˇska's death.
Last weeks was Pavel ill and he probably knew that his lifetime was near the end. He was in hurry to finish his projects on Syrphidae as soon as possible. But computer world was unearthly for him (as other older people) to live with computer world in full fruitful friendship. It is pity, that last years I had not enought time to work up all Pavel's requests on Syrphidae work and to finish all his project and plans on Syrphidae as he wanted. I had to visit him in hospital or at his home for many times last weeks to work on our Syrphidae project and his intelect was always in excelent condition. But when I visited him in hospital in Friday to ask for some about Eupeodes, it was the first time in my life (and probably also in his) when his interest in Syrphidae was limited by his health.
Our colleague, Dr. Benjamin A. Foote, passed away as a result of cancer on Sunday, July 7, in Kent, Ohio. His wife, Anita, and several family members were at his bedside at the time. Only a few weeks ago, Ben published a paper in which he honored Anita by naming a new species of Sciomyzidae after her (Pherbellia anitae Foote).
John Rawlings, Chen Young, and I are preparing a detailed biography of Ben to be published in the near future. If you would like to receive a copy, please let me know.
A celebration of life honoring Ben will be held in Kent on August 2. Sympathy cards may be sent to Anita Foote, 492 Harvey St., Kent, OH 44240-2711 USA, email address Afoote8@aol.com.
If you have any photographs of Ben, Anita would appreciate receiving copies of them.
We cordially invite you to attend the 8th International Symposium on Syrphidae (ISS8). In this occasion, the ISS8 will take place in the heart of Europe, in the historic town of Monschau (Germany) from 4 th to 8 th of June 2015. After the great time we had in Novosibirsk (Russia), the people voted to have a symposium which reflects a look back to the original model of this symposium: the engagement that stimulates new research collaborations and the delight of sharing experiences on Syrphidae.
We invite you to attend the ISS8 and contribute to the scientific program by presenting your research. Come and meet colleagues, get informed, exchange ideas, and have fun!
Ukrainska Entomofaunistyka 4(2) [30 December 2013]
I gladly inform you that the 2nd issue of the fourth volume of "Ukrainska Entomofaunistyka" was published on December 30, 2013.
Vol. 4 No. 2:
1. Varga, A.A, 2013. rewiew of the genus Alomya Panzer, 1806 (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae) from the Ukrainian Carpathians. - Ukrainska Entomofaunistyka 4(2): 1â€“2.
2. Farahani, S., A.A. Talebi, E. Rakhshani & C. van Achterberg, 2013. Study of the genus Blacus Nees (Hymenoptera: Braconidae: Blacinae) in Iran, with three new records. - Ukrainska Entomofaunistyka 4(2): 3â€“11.
3. Kameneva, E.P., V.A. Korneyev, M. LĂłpez RodrĂguez, J. MarĂn Herrera, P. Alvarez & P.L.T. Beuk, 2013. The first records of Physiphora smaragdina Loew (Diptera: Ulidiidae) from Europe. - Ukrainska Entomofaunistyka 4(2): 12.