[Syrphidae] First volume of Swedish Syrphidae book

Bartsch, Hans D hans.bartsch at telia.com
Wed Jun 17 16:55:05 BST 2009

Dear syrphid friends,
today I got very happy because I received one of the first copies of the just published first volume of the Swedish book about Hoverflies. The volume covers all known species of Syrphinae in Fennoscandia incl. Iceland with species accounts, distribution maps, keys and illustrations. 

I want to take this opportunity to express my thanks to all of you who have helped me with information or specimens or have encouraged me in other ways. My thoughts also go to V.S. van der Goot who with his book of 1981 "De zweefvliegen van Noordwest-Europa en Europees Rusland, in het bijzonder van het Benelux" started the European Syrphidae-boom, of which this book just is one of the many outcomes. 

Those of you who did attend the International Symposium on Syrphidae in Leiden/Netherlands 2005 and/or in Siikaranta/Finland 2007 have already got some glimpses about the Swedish book in my papers given there. Unfortunately I cannot attend in Novi Sad - but Rune Bygebjerg will bring a copy with him to the symposium so that those of you who meet there have the possibility to have a look at it. I also wish all a good symposium in Novi Sad. 


For more information about the Swedish book please go to www.nationalnyckeln.se (or google eg. "Nationalnyckeln hoverflies") and choose Swedish or English information. The book can also be obtained from various book shops. 

The second volume of the Swedish book about Hoverflies is planned for the end of the year and will cover the remaining species of Syrphidae in the Nordic countries.

And do not hesitate to visit www.artportalen.se (or google on "Artportalen"), click on "rapportsystemet för småkryp" (with the butterfly-ilustration) and on next page click on "landskapskatalog för blomflugor" - and you will see a time window based province catalogue for Swedish hoverflies covering the days from Linnaeus on to 2008. On the same site you can by now also find about 10.000 observations of Swedish Syrphidae (just a beginning!) amongst other observations of Swedish fauna & flora. 


Finally I want to express my congratulations to the authors of this years book about Hoverflies of the Netherlands which I got in my hands yesterday.  

Best wishes 

Hans Bartsch 

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