BUPRESTONET, a new free association
among Italian entomologists interested in Coleoptera Buprestidae, was born
during 1999. Our first project was to realize a meeting with other
people interested in the same group; first of all, with European specialists,
but also with any other entomologist with an interest in Buprestidae and
in their systematic, ecology, ethology, geographical distribution, breeding,
etc. So, we planned an European Congress in the National Park of Abruzzo,
Central Italy, 13 - 16 September 2000.
Our host was the National Park of Abruzzo and its Director: Dr. Franco Tassi, one of the first Italian buprestidologists.
Unluckily, several problems didn't permit to some of the most known buprestidologists in tyhe World to participate to the meeting. However, these others were in the Park with us:
All these people were hosted in the "Centro Studi Internazionale" in Villetta Barrea, near Pescasseroli, in the heart of the National Park. Lunch, dinner and room were totally free for not-Italian entomologists and their relatives.
The scientific sessions in the morning and afternoon followed the official program and were realized in the same "Centro Studi Internazionale" in Villetta Barrea. Lunch and dinner in a restaurant at not more than 20 meters from there.
We also had time to take a look to the National Park around us. Unluckily,
it wasn't a good time to find Insects, also because we have had a very
hot and dried season , this Summer.
Evening in a spot in the forest near Villetta Barrea, looking for deer and bear (we saw the first one, only!). Perhaps it's better when we are not so many! That one with photo camera and green shirt is Mr. Ulf Nylander. Woman speaking with Thery Lander is Mr. Volkovitsh's wife.
"La Camosciara", one of the most protected places in the National park of Abruzzo. Its name comes from an endemic form of chamois, the Camoscio d'Abruzzo (Rupicapra ornata)
In the morning of Friday, the whole group was transferred to Bisegna,
another village in the National Park, to participate to the Round Table
about Insect Conservation Issues, chaired by Fabio Cassola with the some
among the most authoritative Italian entomologists, and to visit the Insect
Centre. It was a good opportunity to meet other collegues in entomology.
Prof. Franco Tassi speaking in the Round Table about Insect Conservation Issues, in the Insect centre of Bisegna. On the background, there is a small Chrysochroa fulgidissima!
Svata Bílý trying to keep a new species of Oryctes!
After the Round Table, many of us left for Modena to see the 13th edition of "Entomodena", the most important entomological exibition in Italy (16/IX/2000, Saturday, and 17/IX/2000, Sunday), while others preferred to stay in the Park for excursions or guided tours.
All the people attending this meeting seem to be quite satisfied, and we left witha new friendship and the promise to try to organize a new meeting as soon as possible.