Announcements & Requests


Posted 25 June 2002:

For my simultaneous analysis of Tenthredinoidea I am looking for alcohol material (or pinned material from malaise traps) from all families, particularly Tenthredinidae. Most of all I am looking for Susaninae, Blennocampinae, Heterarthrinae, Allantinae (except Allantus=Emphytus, Taxonus and Empria), Selandriinae (except Selandria and Strongylogaster),and Argidae (other than Arge and Sterictiphora).

Susanne Schulmeister
Division of Invertebrate Zoology
American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th Street
New York, NY 10024 USA

Posted 18 March 2002:

Dear colleagues,

The following book is to be out very soon:

Rasnitsyn, A.P., Quicke, D.L.J. (eds.). 2002. History of Insects. Dodrecht etc.: Kluwer Academic Publishers. 517 pp, 503 figures. EUR 240; US$ 224; GBP 149.

Includes introduction to palaeoentomology (with long chapter on taphonomy), concise description of history of insects by order (including the taxonomy and phylogeny down principally to family level), and analysis of biodiversity, ecology and geography of insects through their palaeontological history. The illustrations are mainly BW photos, line drawing and artistic restorations of the fossil insects, as well as the family level phylogenetic charts for majority of orders.

To order the book, please find the following information, as suggested by the Publishers:

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For prompt delivery, please send payment or authorisation to charge a credit card with your order.

Books may be ordered through your local or regional distributor, or directly from Kluwer's distribution centres. A discount to trade customers enables libraries to buy from the supplier of their choice at competitive rates.

Alexandr P. Rasnitsyn
Paleontological Institute
Russian Academy of Sciences
Profsoyuznaya Str. 123
RUSSIA 117868 Moscow
Phone (7 095) 467-5919, 952-4986
Fax (7 095) 339-1266

Posted 11 February 2002:

For my thesis work, I am studying the biology and systematics of the conifer sawfly genus Neodiprion. In particular, I am interested in the interplay between and the relative importance of host use, behavior, and development in speciation and diversification. I plan to approach these questions by constructing a phylogeny of Neodiprion from molecular and morphological data. I would be extremely grateful for any Neodiprion specimens or specimens of closely related sawflies (live, frozen, in alcohol, or pinned--whatever you can spare).

Thank you,
Catherine Linnen
Museum of Comparative Zoology
Harvard University
26 Oxford St.
Cambridge, MA 02138 USA

Posted 16 October 2001:

I am presently coordinating a project called INCHECO that is funded by the European Commission. It is devoted to defensive strategies in herbivorous Hymenoptera, namely in sawflies. The website address for this project is located here:


Jean-Luc Boevˇ
Dˇpartement d'Entomologie
Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences
Rue Vautier 29
B-1000 Bruxelles
+32. 2. 627 43 05

Posted 11 October 2001:

Dear Friends and Colleagues:

I am pleased to announce that the International Palaeoentomological Society was launched on the 6th of September, 2001, at the Inaugural Meeting in the context of the Second International Congress on Palaeoentomology, held at Krakow, Poland, 5-9 September, 2001. The Society was organized by the Working Group that met at the Palaeoarthropodology Congress held in Ribeirao Preto, Brazil in September of 2000.

In short, the objectives are to facilitate communication between palaeoentomologists so as to foster:

(1) a better exchange of knowledge and experience
(2) accumulation and more efficient use of fossil material
(3) creation and support of various databases

To this end, the Society intends to organise and co-ordinate regular and irregular meetings, lectures, exhibitions, the development of publication facilities (including the establishment and support of specialised journals and newsletters), maintenance of active palaeoentomological WWW sites, and the seeking of resources to support these objectives.

I will do my best to promote the above objectives of our fledgling Society. For this reason I am asking for your understanding, participation and assistance. The new Society website is linked below.

International Palaeoentomological Society

Most sincerely yours,
Alex Rasnitsyn
Paleontological Institute
Russian Academy of Sciences
Profsoyuznaya Str. 123
RUSSIA 117868 Moscow
(7 095) 467-5919, 952-4986

Posted 3 October 2001:

I have a broad interest in the Symphyta and Evanioidea (especially Aulacidae), with emphasis on New World systematics and taxonomy. My current projects include: Neotropical Tenthredinidae, Costa Rican Symphyta, sawflies of Great Smoky Mountains National Park (USA), Malaise trapping and collections of Symphyta from Eastern USA (especially the mid-Atlantic states), Symphyta of Eastern North America, New World Aulacidae, Cephidae and Periclista. I am always interested in examining material, especially from the Western Hemisphere.

David R. Smith
Systematic Entomology Laboratory
c/o National Museum of Natural History
Smithsonian Institution
Washington, DC 20560-0168 USA

Posted 26 September 2001:

I'm working on conifer defoliating insects, now mainly on the pine processionary moth Thaumetopoea pityocampa (population genetic structure), but I'm still interested in conifer sawflies. My PhD thesis (1999) deals with Diprion pini population dynamics. I worked on sex determination (detection of diploid males in D. pini, and the possible impact on population dynamics), diapause and karyotype evolution in the Diprionidae. I'm still working a little on Hymenoptera cytogenetics.

Concerning sawflies, I would like to conduct a molecular phylogeny of the family Diprionidae as soon as possible, so I'm looking for specimens.

Jerome Rousselet
Station de Zoologie Forestiere
Departement Forets et Milieux Naturels
Centre de Recherches Forestieres d'Orleans
avenue de la pomme de pin, Ardon, BP 20619
F-45166 Olivet cedex

Posted 17 September 2001:

Dear Symphytologists,

We are currently working on the molecular phylogeny of the tenthredinid subfamily Nematinae. We would be very grateful for alcohol-stored specimens of species belonging to Nematinae (tribes Cladiini, Mesoneurini, Dineurini, Pristicampini, Hoplocampini, Pseudodineurini, Pristolini and Nematini) or to closely related sawfly groups. Also dry pinned specimens are welcomed. If possible, we may provide other sawfly species in exchange.


If you have excess nematine samples, please contact:

Tommi Nyman
Department of Biology
University of Joensuu
P.O. Box 111
FIN-80101 Joensuu

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