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"I have heard that Leonard Kidd, who was co-author with Tony Hutson and Michael Ackland of the 1980 RES Handbook on British fungus gnats, has died in the past week aged 93. I have informed his co-authors.
Leonard was curator at the Oldham Museum and his work on Diptera didn't continue much after his retirement in 1981. His collection is now at the Liverpool Museum. My correspondence with him continued occasionally until 1995, and he wrote in 1992 to thank me for naming Zygomyia kiddi after him.
On the Simuliidae mailing list, Ladislav JedliÄŤka passed on the message below he received from Dr. Sukhomlin:
"I want to tell you a sad news. Ukrainian entomology suffered a several loss. Dr. Zinaida Vasilyevna Usova passed away on October 10, 2013."
Dr. Usova was known blackfly specialist , author of many papers and books on Simuliidae, last one probably on blackflies of North Europe (as co-author).
Frank Van de Meutter posted this on the Syrphidae mailing list:
"Dear all, the news has been spread before locally, however, it has not reached the community outside Belgium I think. This spring Luc Verlinden passed away. Luc was the true pioneer of expert Belgian Syrphidae faunistics, however, he soon also specialised in Alpine Syrphidae. He probably is best known for its contributions â€“ several excellent taxonomic papers eg on Cheilosia and Pipizella with the description of a new taxon. People that study the Western European fauna will remember his books too, with their magnificent drawings. These books have educated and inspired many of the people that do study syrphids today, including me. He was unable to continue his valuable work the past ten years due to a most unfortunate accident â€“ his merits cannot be underestimated though. Above all he was a true gentleman loved by all people that have cooperated with him. He will be missed.
ANNOUNCEMENT: Illustrated keys for the craneflies and related families of the Netherlands, Belgium en Luxembourg (in Dutch)
The undersigned are working on illustrated field keys for the identification of craneflies and related families of the Netherlands, Belgium en Luxembourg (in Dutch). The field keys treat the larger species (wing length 10 mm or more) and, if smaller, the remarkable species of the families Cylindrotomidae, Limoniidae, Pediciidae, Tipulidae, Trichoceridae, and, although less related, the Ptychopteridae.
The first two parts are Introduction and Terminology. Part 3 is the Main Key which leads to 11 keys for the separate groups. Final part is an overview of all species of the Benelux. So, in total 15 parts. The first 5 are available now online. We hope to publish the other parts in 2014. Plans are to have an English version available in 2015.
The first 5 parts are PDF's files, available from the Catalogue of the Craneflies of the World (CCW) at http://nlbif.eti.uva.nl/ccw/. From the "Literature" page of this website some 2400 "Cranefly" PDF's can be downloaded. Search at "Author" for "Peeters" to reach the PDF's for download.
Advantage of online publication is that keys can easily be changed and updated. We look forward to your remarks about the use and content of the keys gladly and with interest.
Distributed European School of Taxonomy - courses on Diptera
The Distributed European School of Taxonomy (DEST) has launched two types of training courses at various European research facilities and universities. The Modern Taxonomy programme 2013-2014 offers intensive theoretical courses in subjects as varied as nomenclature and DNA-barcoding. The Expert-in-training programme 2013-2014 enables graduate students and early career researchers to develop and strengthen their taxonomic research skills through on-the-job-training.
Within the latter programme, two courses focus on Diptera and might be of particular interest to you:
New training providers are most welcome to participate in training delivery within the Distributed European School of Taxonomy. For more information, please mail us at email@example.com or have a look here.
PhD students within the Swedish Taxonomy Initiative, the Israel Taxonomy Initiative and the Research School in Biosystematics (ForBio) might receive support to attend DEST-courses. For details, please contact STI, ITI or ForBio.
Quaedflieghon 08 October 2013 14:04:02
Choerades has been seperated from Laphria a long time ago. Based on the key by Geller-Grimm this should be C. fimbriata. Only first tergite has white hair. C. fulva the first two tergites have white hair. View Photo Comment
Cesaon 03 August 2013 20:26:38
I advice everybody, thinking collecting insects as tourist without any official permission, not to do it. Latest example explained in the following mail message from Klaus that I yesterday informed:
"Dear Friends and Colleagues,
For your information: after successful investigations of butterflies in Eastern Turkey, we (two French Friends have been with me) have been arrested in Jusufeli (NE-Turkey). We have to stay for 3 days and we lost all our material and entomological equipment.After this we could leave the country.Please inform other colleagues about this event and that there is a great risk to catch butterflies without an official permission in this country. Greetings"
This result is quiet normal in Turkey. Even we - as scientist at the universities - cannot collect insect in Turkey without permission. The penalty is very high, about 15-20000 Euro per person. View News Comment
von Tschirnhauson 08 July 2013 12:37:01
Gampsocera numerata (Heeger, 1858), Chloropidae. A relatively rare species with sexual dimorphism: The males possess variable blackish markings on the wings which fade away as well in dry as in alcohol (if not absolute) preserved specimens, the reason that a variety was described as inornata Corti, 1909, meaning "without picture wings". Surely the genus Gampsocera Schiner, 1862 will be synonymized with Elachiptera Macquart, 1835 or it will become a senior synonym of Lasiochaeta Corti, 1909 after DNA study in the future. View Photo Comment