Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 62 (4), pp. 345–346, 2016

Greeting: László Papp, as an ordinary member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences since 1998 and an outstanding taxonomist and ecologist of Diptera, a former Editor-in-Chief of the Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae, celebrates his 70th birthday this year. The Editor is greatly honoured to introduce his life and his scientific achievements hereby.
László Papp was born in Aranyosgadány (a small village in the South of Hungary), on the 3rd of October 1946. He graduated as a biologist in 1970 at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest. Since then he has had a long and still active scientific career spanning over almost five decades. His professional career started at the Hungarian Natural History Museum in the year of his graduation and he was performing scientific work there until 2010, most of the time as a curator of the Diptera collection. In the meantime he spent a year in a provincial elementary school in order to acquire the methodology of teaching. Thereafter he was a professor of zoology of the Department of Parasitology and Zoology, University of Veterinary Medicine for three and a half years. Later, at the museum again, he established the Animal Ecology Research Group hosted by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and the Hungarian Natural History Museum in 1996, and he chaired this group until 2010. Besides the work in the museum, he gave lectures at the Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, as well as at the Debrecen and Szeged Universities in the respective cities.
He was active in the scientific public life as well. As one of the founders of the Hungarian Ecological Society, member and executive officer of several organizations including the Hungarian Entomological Society, the Hungarian Biological Society, the Hungarian Society of Parasitologists, the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature and the Royal Entomological Society, he organized and supervised a number of national and international conferences and congresses, and took part in the work of numerous committees at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Moreover, he is a member of the editorial boards of journals such as Bolletino della Societá Entomologica Italiana and editor-in-chief of our journal between 1992 and 1996, and a member of our advisory board now.
During his third year of biological studies at Eötvös Loránd University, his professor, the outstanding ecologist János Balogh called his attention to the importance of flies in decomposition/recuperation processes. After field sampling the identification of the collected Diptera specimens was in the focus of his work. Since then, the research interest of László Papp aimed first of all at taxonomy and morphology of Diptera, but he achieved excellent results among others in the field of faunistics (fauna of the Hungarian national parks), the ecology of rare species, species of veterinary importance, participation of flies in production biology processes and abundance structure of fly communities, respectively. His research and scientific activity has resulted in the publication of over 400 scientific books and papers, with almost 3000 independent citations of these works. He published several important issues in the series of Fauna Hungariae, one of the most important sources for those researchers who need fly identification. There is no doubt that two series of books belong to his most important results. He edited with Árpád Soós the Catalogue of Palaearctic Diptera 1–13. and with Béla Darvas the Contributions to a Manual of Palaearctic Diptera I–IV.
His widely appreciated scientific and organizational activity has won him many awards and honours. They include the Ipolyi Arnold Award, and Széchenyi Award as well as the For Hungarian Ecology award.
It is the Editor’s pleasure to wish László Papp cordially all the best with many productive and joyful years to come. A special pleasure is wishing him: ad multos annos.

Author: Gábor Bakonyi, Editor-in-Chief

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Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 62 (4), pp. 347–354, 2016

Title: A new genus of Phyllomyzinae (Diptera: Milichiidae) from Laos and Vietnam

Author: László Papp

Author's address: H-1182 Budapest, Beremend u. 43, Hungary; E-mail:

Abstract: A new genus of the phyllomyzine Milichiidae, Indochinomyia gen. n. (type species: I. viet sp. n.) is described. Also an additional species from Laos (I. lao sp. n.) is described. The peculiarities of the new genus are discussed. With seven figures.

Key words: Milichiidae, Phyllomyzinae, Indochinomyia, taxonomy, new species, Laos, Vietnam

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Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 62 (4), pp. 355–367, 2016

Title: No effect of a glyphosate-based herbicide on larval dragonflies (Aeshna cyanea) and adult newts (Lissotriton vulgaris) in a laboratory-based experiment

Authors: János Ujszegi1,2, Zoltán Gál1,3, Zsanett Mikó1 and Attila Hettyey1

Authors' addresses: 1Lendület Evolutionary Ecology Research Group, Plant Protection Institute, Centre for Agricultural Research, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary; E-mails:,,
2Department of Systematic Zoology and Ecology, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary
3NARIC, Agricultural Biotechnology Institute, Gödöllő, Hungary; E-mail:

Abstract: Pesticides can exert negative effects on aquatic organisms at very low concentrations. While several prey taxa are frequently used as models in ecotoxicology studies, there is little information about the pesticide-sensitivity of predators. We examined the effects of a frequently applied glyphosate-based herbicide on two common aquatic predators: larval Aeshna cyanea dragonflies and adult male Lissotriton vulgaris newts, which are top predators in ephemeral water bodies lacking fishes. We exposed predators to the herbicide for 18 days under laboratory conditions and measured potential effects on survival, activity, body mass and predatory activity. To maximize detectability of effects, we applied the herbicide at a concentration of 6.5 mg a. e. glyphosate/L, corresponding to the highest concentration expected in nature. Our results showed that the tested herbicide formulation did not have severe effects on any of the measured fitness-related traits. Results of the present study support the hypothesis that the tested species are insensitive to the herbicide and are able to fulfil their important ecological role of top-down regulation even in highly contaminated habitats. However, potential long-term or indirect effects of the herbicide on the fitness of aquatic predators remain unknown.

Key words: aquatic toxicology, aquatic community, aquatic predators, acute toxicity

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Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 62 (4), pp. 369–385, 2016

Title: Some morphological characteristics of the water scorpion Nepa cinerea (Heteroptera: Nepomorpha) are associated with habitat type

Authors: Gábor Bakonyi1*, Eszter Peták1, Tibor Erős2 and Péter Sály2

Author's address: 1Department of Zoology and Animal Ecology, Szent István University, H-2100 Gödöllő, Páter K. u. 1, Hungary; *E-mail:
2Department of Hydrozoology, Balaton Limnological Institute, MTA Centre for Ecological Research, H-8237 Tihany, Hungary; E-mails:,

Abstract: Morphological variation can enable species to successfully survive and reproduce in distinct habitats. Water scorpion (Nepa cinerea Linnaeus, 1758) occurs in different aquatic habitats from lentic to lotic conditions. We examined the morphology of N. cinerea collected from a diverse array of habitat types (creeks, canals, ponds) in order to explore possible morphological adaptations to the habitat. We addressed the following specific questions: (i) is there any morphological differences between specimens collected from distinct habitats, and if so, (ii) is it possible to relate differences in morphology of the N. cinerea to characteristics of the habitat structure? Altogether 121 individuals (69 males and 52 females) were sampled from 17 sampling sites in the catchment area of Lake Balaton (Hungary). 54 body parameters were determined on all individuals. According to five habitat parameters (bottom quality, current velocity of the water, water depth, submerse plant density, shading) sampling sites were clustered into two distinct groups. Submerse plant density proved to be the most important discriminating factor between the two groups. The morphology of the N. cinerea (both males and females) sampled from the two contrasting habitat types were different. No relationship was found between geographical position of the habitat type and body morphology of N. cinerea. Leg morphology, especially claws on the third leg and some body shape parameters showed relationships with habitat characteristics. These morphological variations, which may be the result of phenotypic plasticity, could contribute to an opportunistic habitat choice of the species.

Key words: Nepidae, phenotypic plasticity, submerse vegetation, leg morphology, ordination

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Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 62 (4), pp. 387–407, 2016

Title: The role of local and landscape level factors in determining bumblebee abundance and richness

Authors: Miklós Sárospataki1*, Réka Bakos1, András Horváth2, Dóra Neidert3 Vivien Horváth1,3, Dóra Vaskor1, Éva Szita3 and Ferenc Samu3

Authors' addresses: 1Department of Zoology and Animal Ecology, Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Szent István University, H-2100 Gödöllő, Páter K. u. 1, Hungary
2Institute of Botany, Centre for Ecological Research, Hungarian Academy of Sciences H-2163 Vácrátót, Alkotmány út 2–4, Hungary
3Plant Protection Institute, Centre for Agricultural Research, Hungarian Academy of Sciences H-1022 Budapest, Herman Ottó út 15, Hungary
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Abstract: Wild bees are important contributors to the pollination ecosystem service, but they are especially vulnerable to agricultural intensification which causes the loss and fragmentation of natural habitats. We monitored bumblebee populations (Bombus spp.) in 14 grassland patches incorporated into the agricultural habitat mosaic in the Mezőföld region, Hungary. We asked how bumblebee populations were affected by local vegetation quality and the presence of various landscape elements, including fields in agri-environmental schemes, at various spatial scales. A stratified analysis revealed that vegetation quality, especially the lack of weeds, was the most important local factor that positively affected both bumblebee abundance and species number. We found no significant landscape scale effects between 50–250 m. Between 500–1000 m grassland area in the landscape had consistently significant positive effect on species richness. At the 2 km scale the extent of arable fields had a negative impact on both abundance and richness. A higher percentage area of arable fields in the landscape participating in agri-environmental schemes had no positive effect on bumblebee abundance or species richness. Considering all local and landscape effects and their possible interactions, model selection and variance partitioning revealed that local factors were the most important determinants of bumblebee richness and abundance. Local and landscape factors had high shared variance but did not interact with each other. The present study indicated that small scale landscape composition had the lowest importance, but larger scale landscape composition was significant, most likely because bumblebees can forage far from their nests. If we are able to provide good quality grassland patches incorporated into the agricultural habitat mosaic, then we can build on the strong spill over propensity of bumblebees and can expect their contribution to the pollination of various crops.

Key words: Bombus, pollination, landscape complexity, grassland, agri-environmental scheme

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