AW: [Syrphidae] 5th International Symposium on Syrphidae - secondannouncement and registration form

Karsten Schonrogge ksc at
Wed Feb 25 09:05:21 GMT 2009

I finally found out why I was copied into the message and have seen the images on the website. I would agree with Ulrich in that the puparia I've seen of M. mutabilis were never that deeply reticulated and it does look much more like M. analis.

Since the original paper on M. myrmicae I have had reliable records for this species from various places around Europe mainly from an EU funded project that was looking for Maculinea butterflies in Myrmica nests and where I could inject an interest in Microdon. However, I haven't heard, seen or read about M. mutabilis and have been left with the impression that apart from 5 populations in the British Isles I am aware of in the western palaearctic there might be some in Scandinavia and potentially in some mountainous - alpine regions. If you have any good records of M. mutabilis and possibly of the ants they live with, I would be really interested.

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>>> ulrich.schmid.smns at 25/02/2009 07:41 >>>

Hi Pieter,
please have a second look on your Microdon puparium. Looks like the puparium of Microdon analis, as described in the paper in Volucella 7, 111-124, 2004.
Kind regards

Ulrich Schmid 
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Von: syrphidae-bounces at [mailto:syrphidae-bounces at] Im Auftrag von pieter vantieghem
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Betreff: Re: [Syrphidae] 5th International Symposium on Syrphidae - secondannouncement and registration form

A report of a visit of some Belgian syrphid enthusiastics to the the syrphid collection of the Belgian Natural History Museum can be found here.

Pieter Vantieghem

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