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Finnish trip for Pine hoverfly larvae 2015

By May 2015, captive breeding facilities at Edinburgh Zoo, RZS were complete in preparation for a Finnish population of Blera fallax. With the assistance of a colleague at the University of Helsinki, Gunilla Stahls, in mid-May a successful expedition to Finland took place, and a total of 30 larvae were located and collected from 3 sites outside Helsinki.

The larvae were transported back to the facilities in Edinburgh where husbandry staff at the zoo will practice techniques for captive rearing B. fallax in preparation for a Scottish population, but also promote interest in the species and the importance of its deadwood habitat. 

 Short film recording the first larvae found in a Pine rot hole in a cut stump, Finland:

 Short film of the excavation of a Pine rot hole in a cut stump, Finland:



Posted on Sunday, July 26, 2015 by Registered CommenterADMIN | CommentsPost a Comment | References9 References


Work has just begun (May 2008)  on a two year project to increase the knowledge of the montane invertebrates of Scotland, which includes all insect orders and spiders. The work, which is mainly funded by Scottish Natural Heritage,  is being managed by staff in the National Museums of Scotland. Other partners include the National Trust for Scotland, the John Muir Trust and Butterfly Conservation Scotland. The project will run for two years and will include an  extensive sampling programme on  mountain sites owned by the partner organisations.

smallcsteve%20montane%20sampling5.jpgAt this time of climatic change it is essential that we obtain up to date information on Scotland’s montane invertebrate species and establish their geographical and attitudinal distribution to act as baselines against which any further monitoring work can be set.


The project comprises of five main areas of work :

  • Development of a database of Scottish Montane Invertebrates - to be compiled from specimens in museum collections, literature references and from specimens collected as part of the project
  • Sampling and collection of new material - water trap / pitfall trap sampling to be undertaken on 10 mountain sites across Scotland owned by the partners
  • Identification of specimens - to be organised by the National Museums of Scotland with resulting specimens added to their collections
  • Studies of montane Lepidoptera - survey work undertaken by BC(S) to determine present wee%20black%20mountain%20moth6.jpggeographic and attitudinal distribution of montane Lepidoptera concentrating on BAP species such as the Black Mountain moth - as shown in the photograph to the right.
  • Analysis and outputs - database of all records of montane species will be made available - scientific papers, seminars and reports.


small%20N%20nivalis%20.JPGHand collecting of specimens by entomologists and volunteers will also form part of the survey effort and hopefully shall provide some more up to date information on the attitudinal distribution of  species such as the montane beetle Nebria nivalis






Posted on Wednesday, June 25, 2008 by Registered CommenterADMIN in | CommentsPost a Comment | References2 References

Index of Items in World Lonchaeidae

Lonchaeidae from the United Arab Emirates

The recently published first volume of the “Arthropod fauna of the UAE” contains a short chapter on Lonchaeidae. Two species are recorded from the  country for the first time - Lamprolonchaea metatarsata (Kertesz, 1901) which was recorded in good numbers at several localities and an two unidentified female specimens, most probably of the same species, in the genus Silba.  Little has been previously known about the Lonchaeid fauna of the Arabian peninsula and these intertesting records help fill in some of the gaps in world distribution.

MacGowan, I. 2007. Order Diptera, family Lonchaeidae. In van Harten, A. (ed.) Arthropod fauna of the UAE. 1: 640-642. Dar Al Ummah Publishing, Abu Dhabi.

Posted on Monday, February 25, 2008 by Registered CommenterADMIN in | CommentsPost a Comment | References2 References

Hoverfly atlas has 89% coverage !

The Scottish Hoverfly atlas contains approximately 50,000 species records from an amazing 89% of the 10Km grid squares in Scotland. In order to promote further recording, understanding and conservation of hoverflies in Scotland this unique dataset is now being put on-line for all to use. Go to the Scotish Hoverfly Atlas page to find out more 

Posted on Tuesday, December 18, 2007 by Registered CommenterADMIN in | CommentsPost a Comment | References2 References

Described species reach 500

The latest world checklist reveals that there are now some 500 described species of Lonchaeidae, with many more out there still to be recognised!

Follow this link to see the updated list

Posted on Friday, November 16, 2007 by Registered CommenterADMIN in | CommentsPost a Comment | References3 References

New species of Lonchaeidae described

Twenty-two species of Lonchaeidae have been newly described from Asia. follow the link to find out more ……..

Posted on Monday, November 5, 2007 by Registered CommenterADMIN in | CommentsPost a Comment | References1 Reference
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