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The Simuliid Bulletin No 47, January 2017, has now been posted on the SIMULIID-BULLETIN Blog site where it can be read or downloaded. It contains a report on the VII International Simuliid Symposium at Zaragoza, September 2016, and part 2 of Prof. Rivoschecci's paper. Because there are so many graphics, the file is large, (19Mb) however I have included a low resolution version which I recommend you try first.
Please note the next Symposium has now been fixed for 27-29 June 2018 in Birmingham, England.
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.
We are sure it will be an excellent opportunity to establish new research collaborations and share experiences on Syrphidae.
Some of you may have noticed, some of you probably not. I have done some code tinkering and can now add image attachments from the forum to the Gallery without too much hassle, but only when they are not on remotes servers. I may grab images for the Gallery myself but if you want to have images THAT ARE NOT YOUR OWN added to the Gallery, please send me an email. Do NOT use Private Messages as that may flood my inbox in no time. I will not mind adding your own pictures to the Gallery on request, but, please, realise my time is limited and I cannot continuously scan the forum for possible Gallery additions. And, sorry, the feature is available to administrator only.
John Brattonon 05 February 2017 17:30:37
Occasionally I find growths on water beetles that appear to be fungi, such as
Are you able to say whether these are Laboulbeniales, please?
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
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