[Syrphidae] FW: Question regarding old syrphidae specimens - Scaeva lithuanica

Francis Gilbert Francis.Gilbert at nottingham.ac.uk
Wed Oct 20 16:22:54 BST 2010

Can anyone help Andrius ?


Dr Francis Gilbert
(+44)(0)115 951 3215

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From: Andrius.Petrasiunas at gf.vu.lt [mailto:Andrius.Petrasiunas at gf.vu.lt] 
Sent: 20 October 2010 16:08
To: francis.gilbert at nottingham.ac.uk
Subject: Question regarding old syrphidae specimens - Scaeva lithuanica

Dear dr. Gilbert,

I would like to ask for some help or guidelines finding the old publication, mentioning "Scaeva lithuanica". The thing is, we found some old (1840-1844) syrphid specimens in our department collection, but it is not clear who collected them. One specimen has a label "Scaeva lithuanica Mihi" and I thought that might help. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to find any information on this species.
I tried to post my inquiry on syrphidae.com, but unsuccessfully, with some unclear errors showing up... As you are the moderator of Hoverfly discussion list, I thought I will try asking you.
I have attached a picture of that specimen as well as one other with rather similar writing pattern, supposedly collected by the same person at the same period of time.

I would be very grateful if you could find some time answering my e-mail, maybe pointing to some older bibliographic works on hoverflies or something else.

Best wishes from Lithuania,


Dr. Andrius Petrasiunas
Department of Zoology
Faculty of Natural Sciences
Vilnius university
M.K.Ciurlionio 21/27
Vilnius, Lithuania
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