Diary of activities of GTLI during 2000

An abridged version of the Spanish diary is provided, with emphasis in the international activities or contacts.

(1) Poster at the VI Iberian Meeting of Entomology (Zaragoza, Spain), which presented officially the GTLI (July 2000).
(2) New homepage (December 2000).

Data received
(1) Colin Markey (London, UK) reports the presence of L. cervus at her garden, predation of L. cervus by magpies and general status of Stag Beetle in UK (Juny 2000).
(2) Horst Gruttke (Bundesamt für Naturschutz, Germany): status of L. cervus in Germany (November 2000).
(3) Marc Meyer (National Natural History Museum, Luxembourg): status of L. cervus in Luxembourg (November 2000).
(4) Lioudmila Volkova (Russian Federation): status of L. cervus in the Russian Federation (November 2000).
(5) José Manuel Grosso Silva (Porto, Portugal): UTM coordinates for portuguese localities of P. barbarossa (December 2000).

Data requested
(1) Frédéric Signoret (Ligue pour la Protection des Oiseaux, France): information about biology, habitat and specially sampling methods for L. cervus, Rosalia alpina and Cerambix cerdo, for the project NATURA2000 (Juny 2000). Information about biology, habitat and sampling methods for L. cervus was provided.
(2) Hannah Cooper (Oxford Scientific Films, UK): 50 L. cervus were requested for filming purposes (July 2000). The request was rejected. GTLI reccommended to contact English Nature.
(3) Lauretta Kloer (Atlanta, Georgia, USA): asked about the identity of a lucanid she found in her town (July 2000). GTLI reccommended to contact her nearest university.
(4) Louisa Southey (Surrey, UK): concerning about the presence of L. cervus at her garden (July 2000). Request was forwarded to Maria Fremlin.
(5) Gregory Marler (Hampton, UK): this 13 years old boy asked for information about L. cervus because he was preparing a talk about “Underestimated animals” (July 2000). Request was forwarded to Maria Fremlin, but she could not answer in time because some problems with her e-mail.
(6) Eric Ollivier (Saint Aubin Routot, France): interested in Carabidae, offers an interchange (August 2000). Request was rejected.
(7) Matthew Henderson (University of Southampton, UK): asked for an English version of the article “Biology of the Stag Beetle: ‘de lo poco conocido y lo mucho por conocer’” (August 2000). The English translation of this paper has been recently finished and submitted to Matthew.
(8) Andrés Eugenio Varga (Museo Entomológico Mariposas del Mundo, Argentina): asked for permision to publish “The role of amateurs in insect conservation”, article by PCV already published in “Insectarium Virtual” and “Boletín de la SEA” (August 2000). Permission was given.
(9) Jesse (Australia): this 11-years old boy asked for information about Phalacrognathus mulleri, a beetle with big mandibles present in Australia (September 2000). GTLI could just confirm that it is a Scarabaeidae present in Australia.
(10) Mariani (Malaysia): asked for información abut the Stag Beetle (October 2000). GTLI sent the English version of the article “Biology of the Stag Beetle: ‘de lo poco conocido y lo mucho por conocer’”.

Contacts with other groups
(1) Michael Grieneisen (Scientific Reference Resources) added to his directory of entomological societies the homepage of the Project Stag Beetle and provided useful corrections to the English version of the text.
(2) Maria Fremlin (Colchester, UK): She keeps a homepage about life cycle of Stag Beetle. She provided very useful information about Stag Beetle pyramids and loggeries, including brochures, contact addresses, pictures, press news and instructions for construction of loggeries.
(3) People’s Trust for Endangered Species (London, UK) informs about the 2nd Symposium and Workshop on the Conservation of Saproxylic Beetles in Ancient Trees with Special Attention to Stag Beetle Lucanus cervus, Violet Click Beetle Limoniscus violaceus, Noble Chafer Gnorimus nobilis and Variable Chafer Gnorimus variabilis to be held on 14-16 August 2001 at Winchester, UK.
(4) Deborah Harvey (University of London, UK) recently began her PhD about biology and ecology of L. cervus.
(5) Preliminary contacts have been established with Marián Ramos (Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales de Madrid), in charge of the project Fauna Ibérica.
(6) Contact was established with Karin Schiegg (Virginia University, USA), who has estudied the effect of habitat fragmentation on xylophagous insect diversity in swiss forests.
(7) Contact was established with Marc Dufrêne (Centre de Recherche de la Nature, des Forests et du Bois, Belgium) concerning the status of L. cervus in Belgium.
(8) Contact was established with Fred Lagarde (CEBC, CNRS, France) which intends to study the evolutionary causes and ecological consequences of sexual dimorphism in L. cervus.