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Leonard Kidd passed away
As posted on the Sciaroidea mailig list:

"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.

Peter [Chandler]"
A loss for the blackfly and syrphid communities
On the Simuliidae mailing list, Ladislav Jedlička 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 – 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 – 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.

Frank"
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.

With best wishes,

Kris Peeters (peeters.heyrman@scarlet.be)
Pjotr Oosterbroek (p.oosterbroek@chello.nl)
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:

Taxonomy of European biting midges (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae)
Training program in Entomology (special. Diptera Syrphidae), emphasis on collection management and bioindicator used

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 dest-training@naturalsciences.be 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.

With best regards,

Dr Hendrik Gheerardyn
Dr Isabella Van de Velde

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DEST Training
www.taxonomytraining.eu
dest-training@naturalsciences.be

Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences
Vautierstraat 29, B-1000 Brussel, Belgium
Tel: + 32 2 627 43 34 (336)
http://www.naturalsciences.be
19th INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON CHIRONOMIDAE
The 19th International Symposium on Chironomidae is to be held in České Budějovice, Czech Republic, August 17-20, 2014 (post-meeting excursions scheduled for August 21-22).

For invitation, etc., see http://web.blatna.cuni.cz/chironomidae/.
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14.02.19 11:14
hello everyone, I come back. Snowy today in Inner Mongolia, China

13.02.19 09:46
I looooove the fly in the beer irish joke in the random quotes Grin

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05.02.19 09:05
I´d like to communicate with Jan Maca, who is a member here, but I can´t find any e-mail address. Could anyone help?

21.01.19 19:07
Thank you. Yes - I've done it now. The file was too large.

21.01.19 18:42
no blanks in filename, file size reduced (below 300 k or so).Did you fulfill these criteria ?

20.01.19 15:45
I've repeatedly tried to upload a photo with my thread but nothing is showing. I can't see that I've done anything wrong. Can someone please assist?

19.12.18 13:10
I might add that this is a great resource and I am really thankful for all the members help.

15.12.18 16:48
Thanks for the explanation Paul. It definitely stopped me from flooding the forum with my threads Wink

14.12.18 16:27
Each user has a maximum of ten new threads per day (24 hours). Just to prevent a single user from sending scores of his unidentified fly photos at once and thus drain out any other threads.

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