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#1 2018-04-24 10:17:29

Name: Darwyn Sumner
Registered: 2008-02-20
Posts: 394

Diopsidae: Sphyracephala europaea

Following its discovery in 1997 there have been two papers and a number of expeditions by photographers to find the European Jester.
The following links may be of interest:
Papp, L., Földvári, M., & Paulovics, P. (1997). Sphyracephala europaea sp. n. (Diptera: Diopsidae) from Hungary represents a family new to Europe. Folia Entomologica Hungarica.
Simova–Tosic, D., & Stojanovic, A. (1999). Second finding of Sphyracephala europea Papp et Földvári in Europe (Diptera: Diopsidae). Acta Entomologica Serbica, 4(1/2), 149–157. Retrieved from http://www.eds.org.rs/AES/Vol4/Vol4%20No1aa13.pdf
Websites and accounts of expeditions
Diptera.info: https://diptera.info/forum/viewthread.p … d_id=24844
a link in there sends you to Nikola Rahme's blog at http://buprestidae.blogspot.co.uk/2010/ … lfold.html which is an account of a 2009 photographic expedition (in Hungarian) Nikola seems to be in the process of changing over to an English version of his "macro adventures" at https://macroadventures.com/about/ where maybe his Sphyracephala europaea trip may be transferred one day (we hope). Nikola is a prize-winning photographer with a Flickr site and there are many more photographs of  Sphyracephala europaea for example at https://www.flickr.com/photos/eurythyrea/5126015816 and a stacked frontal view of the head at https://www.flickr.com/photos/eurythyrea/5135595446
Other Hungarian dipterists have gone looking for it, Yordan Kutsarov at http://insecta.pro/taxonomy/334303 and Walter Pfliegler at http://naturephoto-walter.blogspot.co.u … ngarn.html
It's on the Danube and there's mention of records in Bulgaria but I'm unable to trace these.
European map at http://www.dipteristsforum.org.uk/t6350 … klist.html

Last edited by Rainieria (2018-05-21 09:55:40)

Darwyn Sumner
DF Bulletin Editor, Scheme Organiser: Stilt & Stalk Flies



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