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Posted on 21-07-2006 23:39

Location: University of California, Riverside
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Hi all,
My name is Rory Mc Donnell and I m a postdoc at University of California, Riverside working on the biology and biological control potential of slug-killing sciomyzid flies. A fundamental aspect of my work here at UCR is to import these sciomyzids into quarantine from other states within the US and from Europe so that I can elucidate their life history and other aspects of their biology. After a long wait my USDA-APHIS import permits arrived last week. Now I really need to get specimens of these slug-killing flies - Tetanocera elata, Euthycera cribrata, E. stichospila and E. chaerophylli from Europe and Tetanocera plebeia, T. clara and T. valida from the U.S. The reason I am posting this message is to enquire whether anybody would be willing to provide specimens for my research. If any of you have a collecting trip planned over the coming weeks, I would very much appreciate it if you would keep an eye opened for these flies and send me any live specimens you collect. I am relying on colleagues to provide specimens for me so hopefully you may be able to help me out.
For those who can help I can send you photos of specimens, details on packing instructions, etc and I can scan a copy of the permit to you to stick on the shipment so it will pass through customs without any problems. I would really appreciate any help you could provide in this matter.
I look forward to hearing from you.

Department of Entomology,
University of California,
Riverside CA 92521,
Nikita Vikhrev
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Posted on 22-07-2006 08:15
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Location: Moscow, Russia
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Hi Rory.
Around my house in Moscow region Tetanocera elata was rather common in may-june. 5 days ago I still met a fly (image added), but it seems (wings condition) that it is old fly.
And it is always the problem to be sure it is not T. phyllophora.
Nikita Vikhrev attached the following image:

Edited by Nikita Vikhrev on 22-07-2006 08:20
Nikita Vikhrev - Zool Museum of Moscow University
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