PROFESSOR LOEW, who is to be regarded as the highest authority on European Diptera, contents himself in this book with supplying a sort of supplement to Meigen's great work on the insects of that order inhabiting Europe. It is, perhaps, to be regretted that he does not rather direct his efforts to the production of a complete systematic work on the subject, but he probably thinks that the time is not yet ripe for such an undertaking, and in the meanwhile the full and detailed descriptions of species detected since the publication of Meigen's last volume will be most welcome to entomologists. The present volume contains descriptions of 182 species of two-winged insects, belonging to various families from the Tipulidæ to the Dolichopodidæ) and especially of numerous forms of Asilidæ and Bombylüdæ. No fewer than 138 of the species are described as new, and the greater part of the remainder are species described by Professor Loew himself in various scattered papers.
Systematische Beschreibung der bekannten europäischen zweiflügeligen Insekten.
Von J. W. Meigen Achter Theil von Hermann Loew Erster Band. Schmidt, Halle, 1869. (London: Williams and Norgate.)
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Systematische Beschreibung der bekannten europäischen zweiflügeligen Insekten . Nature 1, 504 (1870). https://doi.org/10.1038/001504d0