Some West Malaysian tachinids

Some West Malaysian tachinids
Many years ago Professor Donald Quicke gave me some malaise trap samples from a project he was running in the Cameron Highlands of West Malaysia. The specimens have languished in boxes for ages but just recently I have started to work on them using Crosskey (1976). The key works fairly well but there are quite ...

Sturmia bella update

Sturmia bella update
Just received an update from Dr Owen Lewis, the manager of the Sturmia bella project, a project set up to investigate the role of Sturmia bella in the decline of the Small Tortoishell (Aglais urticae) butterfly. I have attached his first-year report below (in PDF format) and it makes interesting reading. While Sturmia is undoubtably ...

The Sturmia bella controversy 8

The Sturmia bella controversy
This article just provides my take on the controversy raging amongst British lepidopterists over the significance of the appearance of the parasitoid Sturmia bella in the decline of the Small Tortoishell (Aglais urticae, Nymphalidae) in England.