by Scott E. Brooks & Jade Savage
McGill University, Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec
Preparations for the upcoming NADS Informal Conference during early
December in Montreal are progressing. The meeting has been scheduled
for Tuesday, December 5 at 1:30. As mentioned in the last issue
of Fly Times, the session will be divided into a systematics section
featuring talks by Jeff Cumming and Miranda Smith, and a section
on the use of Diptera in biotic surveys featuring talks by Brian
Brown, Fiona Hunter, Steve Marshall & Brian Wiegmann (see abstracts
below). If anyone needs to contact us we can be reached at either
See you in Montreal!
- A Cladistic Classification of the Empidoidea (Diptera: Eremoneura)
by J.M. Cumming1 & B.J. Sinclair2
(1Systematic Entomology Section, ECORC, Agriculture
and Agri-Food Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1A 0C6; 2Zoologisches
Forschunginstitut und Museum Alexander Koenig, Adenauerallee 160,
D-53113 Bonn, Germany)
- A phylogenetic classification of the higher taxa of Empidoidea
is proposed based on a cladistic analysis of the superfamily.
More than 125 characters were scored from nearly 60 exemplar taxa,
including many plesiomorphic Southern Hemisphere genera that were
overlooked in previously published treatments of the superfamily.
Outgroups were selected from basal lineages of the Cyclorrhapha
to represent the rest of the Eremoneura and from appropriate taxa
of Asiloidea. Four families of Empidoidea are now recognized,
namely the Empididae, Hybotidae, Brachystomatidae, and Dolichopodidae,
in contrast to either the two or five empidoid families of previous
classifications. Four separate lineages are additionally assigned
as incertae sedis within the superfamily, namely the Iteaphila
group, the Ragas group, Oreogeton, and Homalocnemis.
The Empididae is now restricted to the Clinocerinae, Hemerodromiinae,
Hilarini, Empidini, and several flower-feeding genera. The newly
proposed Brachystomatidae includes the Brachystomatinae, Trichopezinae
and Ceratomerinae. The Dolichopodidae is expanded to include the
Parathalassiini and the relatively plesiomorphic genera Microphor
and Schistostoma. The redefined Hybotidae is composed of
the Atelestinae, Nemedina, Trichinomyia, Ocydromiini,
Trichina, Oedaleini, Tachydromiinae, and Hybotinae (which
now includes the Bicellaria group). Certain additional
empidoid subfamilies will need to be recognized within this classification,
either for the first time or by elevating existing tribes to subfamily
- Molecular Systematics of Simulium s. str. (Diptera:
Simuliidae) by Miranda Smith (Department of Entomology,
Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen's Park, Toronto, ON, M5S 2C6,
- Currently recognized species-groups of Simulium Latreille
s. str. from the Nearctic Region (viz., hun-teri group,
jenningsi-group, malyschevi-group, noelleri-group,
slossonae-group, tuberosum-group, and venustum-group)
are reasonably well supported by morphological and cytological
characters. However, data sets derived from such characters do
not adequately resolve relationships among species groups. Molecular
characters from the mitochondrial cytochrome oxidase II gene,
the cytochrome b gene, and the nuclear elongation factor 1-alpha
gene, will be analyzed in a 'total evidence' approach to phylogeny
reconstruction. The inclusion of morphological-, cytological-,
and molecular data in a maximum parsimony analysis is expected
to (a) provide additional support for most of the currently recognized
species groups; (b) resolve relationships among these groups;
and (c) clarify relationships of two species that are dubiously
assigned to the Simulium tuberosum-species group: S.
petersoni and S. parnassum. A well-resolved phylogeny
of Simulium s.str. will provide a sounder basis from which
to interpret character-state evolution. Evolutionary transformations
of the female tarsal claw will be discussed.
- Diversity of ant-decapitating flies (Diptera: Phoridae) from
the ALAS project: new results and projections by Brian
V. Brown (Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County 900
Exposition Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, 90007, U.S.A.)
- The data from 3 years of Malaise trapping Apocephalus
(Diptera: Phoridae) at La Selva Biological Station, Costa Rica,
are analyzed and compared to published predictions based on 10
preliminary samples. Observations on rarity and practical techniques
for optimizing sampling are given.
- Survey of stream-inhabiting invertebrates along the Niagara
Escarpment as indicators of water quality by Fiona F. Hunter
(Department of Biological Sciences, Brock University, St. Catharines,
Ontario, L2S 3A1, Canada)
- Until now, sufficient base-line survey data for the aquatic
invertebrate community structure of springs and groundwater seepages
have been lacking. I have compiled aquatic invertebrate inventories
of 10 groundwater seepages along the Niagara Escarpment in three
regions (Beamer Memorial Conservation Area, Winona Conservation
Area near McNeilly Road, and Woolverton Mountain Road) where groundwater
quality ranges from very good (Beamer) to good (Woolverton) to
fair (McNeilly). In 1996, the aquatic invertebrates were sampled
from these sites once a month from May/June to November/December.
In total, 33,475 invertebrates were collected and identified to
Order. For the Order Diptera, which comprised 80-90% of all invertebrates
collected, Family-level identifications were made. Water samples
were taken twice during the season for chemical analyses (35 parameters).
Correlation analyses were run in SPSS to look for within-site
variability, among-site variability, and to test whether any of
the common dipteran taxa could be used to predict any of the groundwater
water quality parameters that are elevated above provincial potable
water guidelines. Elevated conductivity, hardness, total dissolved
solids (TDS), calcium, sulphate and ortho-phosphate were correlated
with an increase in the number of Ceratopogonidae and Psychodidae
and a decrease in the number of Stratiomyidae. Elevated turbidity
and iron levels were not indicated by any of the taxa collected.
- Selected Inventories And Selected Flies: Sphaerocerids and
Micropezids in Temperate and Tropical Surveys by Steve
Marshall, (Department of Environmental Biology, University
of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, N1G 2W1, Canada)
- Temperate biodiversity projects, ranging from regional inventories
to local habitat surveys, typically provide opportunities to apply
the results of systematic revisions to projects of local or national
interest. Tropical biodiversity projects, on the other hand, are
more likely to generate new material that needs to be built into
still-incomplete taxonomic frameworks. Recent Canadian biodiversity
projects will be briefly discussed and contrasted with ongoing
projects in relatively poorly known and infinitely more diverse
neotropical localities. The problems, and opportunities, presented
by the Costa Rican sphaerocerid and micropezid faunas will be
- Diptera in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park ATBI:
Progress and Prospecting by Brian M. Wiegmann (Department
of Entomology, Box 7613, North Carolina State University, Raleigh,
NC 27695, U.S.A.)
- Still in its early stages, the All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory
of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a major initiative
to survey one of the richest and most diverse collections of plants
and animals in the temperate world. The planning, organization,
and management of this large scale project has provided unique
challenges, but the project is well underway, and many TWIGS (Taxonomic
Working Groups) are successfully adding to the database of known
GSMNP diversity. Collection and accurate identification of the
diverse Smoky Mountain insect fauna will be a large undertaking.
Dipterists were among the first of the TWIGs to participate in
a Nature Quest field day in the park and results from a single
weekend of heavy collecting in 1998 illustrate some of the difficulties
that are posed by a project as large as the GSMNP ATBI. Clearly,
the success of the ATBI will require a well-organized and cooperative
effort among dipterists to achieve anything close to a thorough
inventory. In this talk, progress, strategies and plans for carrying
out the Diptera inventory in the smokies are presented. Examples
are drawn from the work of several dipterists active in the project,
as well as from similar biodiversity inventory projects. Dipterists
are encouraged to get involved with the project because their
expertise is greatly needed, but also because this is an extraordinary
opportunity to obtain access and resources to study North American
Diptera. For more information and to get involved: http://discoverlife.org.
by Jack Zloty and Gordon Pritchard
Several collections of an aberrant fly larva have been made from
fast-flowing streams in the Rocky Mountains from Montana to Yukon.
These larvae are uniquely defined by two pairs of very long, crocheted
prolegs ventro-laterally on abdominal segments 2-7, and a short
pair on the dorsum of abdominal segments 6-7. They have been variously
identified as athericids or tabanids (Webb 1994 J. Kansas ent.
Soc.; Teskey, Sinclair, Burger, Courtney pers. comms.),
but in the absence of associated adults their status remained uncertain.
We have now obtained adults from these larvae, and it is clear that,
apart from being an undescribed species and genus, they are neither
athericids nor tabanids as these two families are currently recognized
(Woodley 1989 Manual of Nearctic Diptera). In fact, the adults
have a mixture of pelecorhynchid, athericid, and tabanid characters.
For example, male genitalia have aedeagal tines similar to Athericidae,
Tabanidae and Bolbomyia, but the hypandrium is free from
the gonocoxites, a condition found in the Pelecorhynchidae, but
not in the athericids and tabanids. Female cerci are two-segmented
as in Rhagionidae and Pelecorhynchidae. The metathoracic post-spiracular
scale, considered to be a synapomorphy of Athericidae + Tabanidae
(Woodley 1989), is not present in the new adults. In larvae, the
presence of poison glands has been considered to be the only synapomorphic
character for the Pelecorhynchidae + Athericidae + Tabanidae (Woodley
1989; Sinclair et al. 1994. Ent. Scand). However, whereas
this new larva certainly does have poison glands, larvae of Glutops
(Pelecorhynchidae) do not. Contrary to the interpretation of the
mandibular groove in Glutops (Sinclair 1992 Syst. Ent.)
and in Pelecorhynchus (Sinclair et al. 1994), we find that
the groove in Glutops is not partially enclosed. Furthermore,
Glutops larvae have no poison glands and prey is not immobilized
quickly on insertion of the mandibular hooks as it is in Atherix
and Tabanus (Stuckenberg 1973 Ann. Natal Mus.). We
are in the process of describing all stages of this new species
and are attempting to determine its placement in the Tabanomorpha.
To do this we need to make a thorough comparative study of the morphology
of larvae and adults of tabanomorphs, but are currently lacking
some material. We are searching for larvae of Bolbomyia,
Pseudoerinna, Litolepsis, Spania, and Arthroceras
through rearing and electrophoresis. In addition we need adults
of Bolbomyia and larvae of Rhagio or Symphoromyia.
If anyone can donate or lend specimens, we would be eternally grateful.
Please contact us at:
Department of Biological Sciences
University of Calgary
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2N 1N4
by Joe B. Keiper
The insect collection at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History
(CMNH) is strong in specimens from the Lake Erie region, but also
enjoys a variety of material from around the world. Thanks to the
superb efforts of the previous curator, the late Dr. Sonja Teraguchi,
our collection is boasts a vast array of Lepidoptera taken during
long term studies and donations from world travellers. As the new
curator of invertebrates with a strong proclivity for flies and
their maggots, I give this brief account of the modest dipteran
materials at CMNH so that the specialists among the readers of Fly
Times may participate in the improvement of our collection. I am
willing to give any fly a good home here, trade materials, and loan
material for study. If any among you wish to have a look at our
undetermined material, please contact me at email@example.com.
At the time of this writing, I begin only my third week here at
the museum, so I can only give a rough idea of the numbers of undetermined
specimens from each family. Much of the material was taken in Ohio
and Pennsylvania, but many areas of North America are represented.
Most of the undetermined materials are brachycerous Diptera; a variety
of families not listed are present in low numbers. The families
I am currently working on (both identifying what we have as well
as incorporating my personal research collection) are marked with
an asterisk (*).
Calyptrate muscoids 500
Our collection does enjoy a fairly nice assemblage of identified
Syrphidae (ca. 1000 specimens), but there is a moderate amount of
undetermined material. Most of the acalyptrates were previously
identified by Dr. Ben Foote of Kent State University, and includes
Tephritidae, Otitidae, Platystomatidae, Sciomyzidae, Opomyzidae,
Dryomyzidae, Pyrgotidae, and Ephydridae; he also identified our
I intend to continue building the Diptera collection here at CMNH.
I am currently working on synopses of the Tabanidae and the Sciomyzidae
of Ohio (the latter with Ben Foote), and our holdings of these two
families will grow. I will also be involved in survey work of the
museums land holdings in northeastern Ohio, and will focus
much attention on the areas around streams, lakes, and wetlands.
Therefore, our holdings of families abundant in and around aquatic
ecosystems will increase. However, I would like to see a better
representation of identified material from other dipteran groups
in our collection as well. I invite other Dipterists to help CMNH
with their taxonomic skills and donations, and to take advantage
of us as a resource while furthering the understanding of dipteran
biology, taxonomy, and systematics.
Curator of Invertebrate Zoology
Cleveland Museum of Natural History
1 Wade Oval, University Circle
Cleveland, OH 44106, USA
Tel: 216-231-4600 x 315
by Jeff Freeman
Department of Natural Science, Castleton State College, Castleton,
The Biting Fly Workshop (BFW) for the Year 2000 met at Craigville,
Cape Cod, Massachusetts, USA from 17 to 20 July. There were 24 people
attending and weather, greenhead horse flies, and ceratopogonid
biting midges all cooperated at this, the peak of greenheads and
tourists on the Cape. The Biting Fly Workshop had its start in 1969
in New Jersey to exchange information and coordinate efforts to
manage greenhead horse flies on coastal salt marshes from New Jersey
to South Carolina. The black fly and mosquito researchers had their
groups. The Livestock Insects meetings did not adequately address
tabanids. Elton Hansens at Rutgers in New Jersey, the late Paul
Catts of Delaware, Dick Axtell at NC State, and the late Ted Adkins
of Clemson, South Carolina shared problems and approaches to trapping
greenheads and advancing research on both horse flies and deer flies
in their areas. Later the ceratopogonid workers joined the tabanid
folks for the BFW.
The year 2000 meeting featured talks by Bruce Sutton from Gainesville,
Florida about the use of cuticular hydrocarbons in working out the
puzzle of "greenheads" along the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts.
This problem was sketched out by G. B. "Sandy" Fairchild.
John Stoffolano of University Massachusetts gave a review of research
accomplishment regarding salt marsh greenheads over the past half
century of work on these flies and presented some challenges for
Alan Grant of American Biophysics in Rhode Island demonstrated
what is called the Mosquito Magnet (Amer. Bioph. 2240 So. County
Trail, E. Greenwich, RI 02818). This trap also catches bags full
of ceratopogonids. Mosquito Magnet burns propane catalytically to
produce carbon dioxide, heat, water vapor and, with a fuel cell,
electricity to operate a fan. Alan presented data on the sensory
physiology of ceratopogonids in which he used microelectrodes implanted
in sensillae responding to carbon dioxide and other materials. Monty
Wood gave us a review of INBio, an effort to list and document insects
of Costa Rica. He and others have been working on this effort recently,
group by group.
Field trips included local collecting areas, both upland woods
and salt marsh and a field demonstration of the "NZ-1"
blue and white fabric trap by Dan Kline of the U. S. Dept. of Agriculture.
Dan had to leave early due to a meeting at Yale University relating
to West Nile Virus. We also visited the shop where the current Cape
Cod box traps are made and maintained by the Cape Cod Mosquito Control
Project (CCMCP). About 700 traps are deployed each year on Cape
Cod salt marshes. Gabrielle Sakolsky maintained a busy summer work
schedule and still provided us with guidance, maps, and background
The CCMCP with John Doane as Director is celebrating 30 years of
work on Cape Cod. Our goal was to have our BFW on the Cape in July
at the peak of salt marsh greenhead season for a reasonable cost.
It worked out well at the Craigville Conference Center near Hyannis.
We are planning our next Biting Fly Workshop in the Davis Mts.
of southwestern Texas, with the hope NADS will join the BFW for
a joint field meeting. For information for BFW-2001 call Frank
F. French, Dept. of Biology, P. O. Box 8042, Georgia Southern Univ.,
Statesboro, TX 30460. The southwestern Texas venue will deal with
an area that has been much less collected than elsewhere. The Davis
Mts. area is within Jeff Davis County while Alpine, TX, home of
Sul Ross University is in Brewster County. Supplement 20, Dec. 1996,
Southwestern Entomologist, The Horse and Deer Flies of Texas, by
Jim Goodwin and Bart Drees uses shading of counties rather than
approximate dots for collection locations. Brewster County is about
800 square miles, has 2 towns, 5 highways and Big Bend National
Park. Jim Goodwin will guide us to best collecting in the smaller
Jeff Davis County in early summer.
by Robert Lavigne
This asilid predator/prey database began life in the original dBase
and subsequently evolved through dBase II into dBase V. It was then
transformed into Paradox versions 7, 8 and currently 9. In order
that it be readily available on different platforms, it has been
exported from Paradox 9 to dBase III. The database currently contains
11,129 records, most of which were derived from searching through
the literature. Within these records, 3117 Diptera were recorded
A few individuals, such as Dr. Geller-Grimm, have kindly provided
me with unpublished records. The database will be intermittently
upgraded, as well as corrected, as more prey records becomes available.
It can be downloaded and imported into dBase IV & V, in Paradox
7, 8, 9, in Excel 97 and in Access (MS Office 2000).
It is a searchable database with 14 fields as follows: PREDATOR,
PREDSPECIES, ORIGDESIGN, ORDER, FAMILY, GENUS, SPECIES, COMONAME,
PREDSEX, SOURCE, SOURCE2, COUNTRY, NO.EATEN, CANNIBALISM. Thus,
1/ PREDATOR refers to the genus of the present genus of the asilid,
2/ PREDSPECIES refers to the species and authority of the asilid,
3/ ORIGDESIGN provides the name of the asilid in the original publication,
4-7/ ORDER, FAMILY, GENUS, SPECIES refer to the species of prey
[where I am aware that names have changed it is so indicated in
this column], 8/ COMONAME refers to common name of the prey [and
is not complete], 9/ PREDSEX refers to the sex of the predator [where
indicated in the original publication], 10/ SOURCE refers to the
original publication, 11/ SOURCE2 contains secondary sources for
the same record which was published in a subsequent publication,
12/ COUNTRY refers to the country in which individual records were
obtained, 13/ NO.EATEN is included where there are multiple records
provided by the original author, 14/ CANNIBALISM is included since
there have been many cases of males and/or females feeding on members
of the same species. Complete literature citations can be obtained
by visiting the University of Wyoming web site: at www.uwyo.edu/ag/ces/rangemgt.htm
and downloading SM-36 and SM-55. You would need Acrobat Reader to
read the files, but that can be downloaded free.
Lavigne, R., S. Dennis and J. A. Gowen. 1978. Asilid literature
update 1956-1976 including a brief review of robber fly biology.
University of Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station Science Monograph
36. 134 pp. [Revised slightly in 2000]
Lavigne, R. J. 1999. Bibliography update 1977-1995 for the Asilidae
(Insecta: Diptera), including short translations from Japanese and
Russian. University of Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station Science
Monograph 55. 91 pp.
Complete literature citations are also available in Dr. Geller-Grimms
literature database, but as of this date, June 2000, multiple publications
in the same year are not alphabetically designated, making it impossible
to determine which publication contains the prey record. This will
be rectified some time this year. It is also hoped that the database
will be published on a CD Rom in the future.
Tips: Once downloaded, the database can be searched for individual
words by search engines, using the convention: ..word.. In the various
versions of Paradox, a Query can be initiated to sort
for specific groupings, such as all prey records for a particular
family or genus. In Access 2000, if you right click field title
and click on column width, a box appears with a ??best fit
option. By clicking on the ??best fit option, all the
data in the column becomes visible.
Dr. Robert J. Lavigne
Dept. of Renewable Resources
SA 5251 Australia
by Graham Griffiths
117-51551 Range Rd. 212A, Sherwood Park, Alberta
I think some comment needs to be made on the question of when this
work was published, a matter of some importance since it contains
descriptions of new taxa. Neal Evenhuis seems to have been unaware
that there was a problem of dating when he wrote his review for
the April issue of Fly Times, since he cites the publication
date as December 1996.
The 1996 date printed on the reverse of the Chinese title page
was a "scheduled" date, not the actual date of publication
according to coeditor Xue's statement in a letter in late 1999 to
Prof. Masaaki Suwa. Unfortunately, Xue has not responded to requests
that he state the actual date, so we have to infer this from other
evidence. There seems to be a problem that some Chinese workers
are so deferential to administrative authority that they are reluctant
to admit that anything is ever done behind "schedule".
The work was certainly not yet published on May 1, 1997 (stated
by Xue in an e-mail of that date to Adrian Pont). The first persons
outside China to receive copies, so far as I am aware, were Adrian
Pont and Michael Ackland, both of whom received copies of both volumes
in Oxford at the beginning of July, 1999. If we assume that delivery
from China takes at least a month, then the work was certainly published
in the sense of the Code by the beginning of June, 1999.
Was the work already published earlier? If any Dipterists have
any proof of earlier publication, I would be grateful if they would
contact me. Unless I receive any evidence to the contrary, I will
cite the probable publication date of this work as May, 1999.
from Neal Evenhuis
Bishop Museum, 1525 Bernice Street, Honolulu, Hawaii
Neal wrote to point out that apparently two versions of this book
were published. The first was the one Neal reported on in the last
issue of the Fly Times with a publication date of December
1996. A second printing was dated December 1998. Without checking
with the editors or publishers, we can only assume that the first
"printing" had the publication date printed as "1996"
in error and that this was corrected in the second "printing".
by Terry A. Wheeler
Report on 2000 Grants Competition
Three applications were received for funding in the 2000 competition.
The Grants Committee recommended one of these for support. We are
pleased to announce that this years recipient is Scott
Brooks (McGill University) who received support for museum visits
to Belgium, France and England to study types of Dolichopodidae.
The number of applications to the Fund continues to be low, and
the success rate is under 50%. We know that there are students out
there doing good work on Diptera systematics, faunistics and ecology
and we would encourage them to apply for support. Potential applicants
should spend the appropriate amount of time and effort to ensure
that their applications are complete and well-justified.
Call for Applications - 2001 Grants Competition
The Dipterology Fund provides up to four grants each year (maximum
value of CAD$1000) in support of research on North American Dipterology.
Preference will be given to studies involving whole-organism biology
in the fields of systematics, faunistics, ecology and related areas.
Student Research and Travel Grants are available to students
or postdocs in dipterology and may be used to support travel to
conferences, museums or other research institutions, or field work
for collecting or study. Development Grants are for proposals
in areas other than those described above. This would include, but
not be restricted to, grants to bring visiting scientists to North
American Diptera collections, and to support research activities
of individual dipterists who are not full-time students and who
lack other conventional means of research support.
Applications must include a 1-2 page research proposal or justification
of the proposed activities and an estimated budget for the proposed
research or activity (including consideration of funding available
from other sources). Applicants must also include a 1-2 page CV.
Applications for the 2001 competition must be submitted to the Chair
of the Grants Committee by email (as Word or WordPerfect attachments)
on or before 01 March 2001. All applications will be reviewed by
a Grants Committee made up of six dipterists who will transmit their
rankings and comments to the Chair. Decisions will be announced
as soon as possible thereafter. Any questions regarding the application
procedure or The Dipterology Fund should be directed to the Chair:
Dr. Terry A. Wheeler
Department of Natural Resource Sciences
McGill University, Macdonald Campus
Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, QC, H9X 3V9, CANADA
Steve Murphree (Biology Department, Belmont University, Nashville,
Tennessee) has assumed responsibilities for this newsletter. The
new web address for the Ceratopogonid Information Exchange is: http://www.belmont.edu/Science/Biology/cienews/cie.html
We have received word from friends at the Museum National d'Histoire
Naturelle in Paris, France that Loic Matile died June 10, 2000.
He was a specialist of the Mycetophiloidea and especially of the
family Keroplatinae and had many connections with our North American
community of Dipterists. He will be sorely missed.
September 30 - October 5, 2002, the University of Queensland
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
On behalf of the Council of the International Congresses of Dipterology,
the Congress organising committee and The University of Queensland,
we extend a warm invitation to you to attend the Fifth International
Congress of Dipterology in Brisbane, Australia, in 2002. The Congress
will bring together hundreds of researchers from a broad range of
disciplines to discuss the latest research on Diptera (true flies).
The Program will be designed to provide a unique environment in
which to discuss current research and delegates will be able to
participate in sessions relevant to their areas of interest and
Brisbane, the third largest city in Australia, is the capital of
the State of Queensland and boasts a population of more than one
million people who enjoy a temperate to subtropical climate all
year round. The beautiful University of Queensland St Lucia Campus
is situated on the Brisbane River just 7 km from the city centre
and 18 km from the Airport. The University is one of Australia's
oldest and most prestigious campuses with over 25,000 students and
2,000 academic staff. Taxis and regular bus and river-boat services
connect the campus to the city centre in 15 minutes. Brisbane usually
has little rain and mild (25 degrees celcius maximum) temperatures
during the season of the Congress.
Dr Dan Bickel, Dr Tony Clarke, Dr Ian Dadour, Mr Greg Daniels, Dr
Margaret Schneider, Mr Jeff Skevington, Dr David Yeates (Chair)
The Congress Web site is at http://www.uq.edu.au/entomology/dipterol/diptconf.html.
Bookmark the site and check for upcoming announcements and progress
The social program will include a welcome cocktail and registration
evening on Sunday 29 September, a Conference Banquet and a social
hour at the conclusion of each day.
The scientific program will include symposia, workshops and poster
sessions. Themes of the scientific sessions will include:
Morphology, physiology and ultrastructure
Medical, veterinary and forensic Diptera
Behaviour and Ecology
Biodiversity and Conservation
Systematics and Phylogeny
Genetics and Genomics
Collections and Databases
The Committee welcomes suggestions from the dipterological community
for Congress Symposia. Proposals for symposia should include a title,
justification, keynote speaker and up to 8 other contributors. Please
indicate whether the proposed speakers are able to attend the Congress.
Please email your Symposium ideas to David Merritt firstname.lastname@example.org
for assessment by the Scientific Program Working Group.
Taxon-based workshops will be arranged as in previous Congresses.
Those wanting to hold workshops during the Congress should also
contact David Merritt.
The Congress language will be English.
Accommodation will be at a University College within walking distance
of the Congress venue. A range of student study-bedrooms will be
available. Hotel accommodation will also be available if required.
All congress sessions will be held on the University of Queensland
campus in modern, well equipped lecture theatres.
Preliminary budget estimates indicate that registration could be
as low as $400 Australian dollars, and college accommodation $60-70
dollars per night. At present the Australian Dollar is worth approximately
$0.52 US Dollars.
The Organising Committee anticipates that the first Announcement
for the Congress will be distributed early in 2001.
TO REGISTER YOUR INTEREST IN ATTENDING THE CONGRESS IN BRISBANE
Please register your interest in the congress with: The ICD5 Congress
Secretariat, Sally Brown Conference Connections, PO Box 108, Kenmore,
Queensland, Australia 4069, Fax to (61 7) 3201 2809 or email to