The Fly Times Supplement series started in late 2017 with the editor, Steve Gaimari, having been approached about an upcoming submission for a longer-than-normal article that would make that issue of Fly Times particularly large. This lead to the idea start a supplement series to allow for larger works, to be produced on an irregular basis as such manuscripts were submitted. So far, three issues have been produced in 2017 and 2018, and a fourth is currently in the works. Each Supplement is typically a single work with such topics as historical or biographical themes, travelogues, original research, collecting expeditions, and larger taxon-focused treatments.
If you are considering submitting a manuscript, please see the Instructions for Authors! (The requirements are essentially the same as for Fly Times, except there are no set deadlines.)
Announcements for new issues and calls for manuscripts will also be made through the Dipterists mailing list server periodically.
Korneyev, V.A., & Evenhuis, N.L. — The Real Life of Sergei Lesnoy
A biography of Sergei Yakovych Paramonov, a Ukrainian naturalist, entomologist, and writer, who was born in the Russian Empire, worked in the USSR, the Third Reich, and the British Empire, and is buried in Australia.
Evenhuis, N.L. — The life and work of Francis Walker (1809–1874)
Francis Walker was one the early members of some of those first entomological societies and also one of the major contributors to the enormous task of inventorying and cataloguing the various orders of insects in the British Museum. During his career, my scouring his works page-by-page show that he described 23,626 species as new to science, almost 16,000 of them described during his cataloguing of the British Museum collections. Ohl (2018) calculated that he described about 560 species per year. He was one of the most prolific of describers in the history of entomology if not all of biology.
Gaimari, S.D. — Tables of Contents, General Indexes, Taxonomic Indexes
The Fly Times has successfully kept the Dipterist community in touch and informed. Throughout the years there were reports of recent and future meetings, new techniques, historical dipterology, colleagues moving, having material to share (or requesting specimens), grants available and other funding opportunities, positions recently acquired, and sadly, numbers of obituaries, with at least some of these giving lists of publications and/or taxa described. Several indexes are presented to document and make more searchable the contents of all Fly Times issues and Fly Times Supplements published prior to this Supplement. They cover the following topics, presented in the following order: authors, collecting trip reports, techniques, copyrighted visual material, and three taxonomic indexes (genus-group names, species-group names arranged by genus, all species-group and genus-group names).