The Yellow Fever Fly
Psyche: A Journal of Entomology
It is not without precedent that certain the museum. The Doctor however states facts or observations innatural history sud-that he has since found the same fly in denly acquire a great fame go more or less Charleston S. C. in dark close places over the whole scientific world and are even in perfectly healthy seasonsand thinks forgotten with wonderful quickness when that it only becomes immeasurably multithey have been found out not to be true. plied in the dirt and filth of all kinds pro-Some
... ll kinds pro-Some twenty-five years ago the history of duced by pestilence. It has never been the famous yellow fever fly was every-observed in Charleston during epidemics. where told and largely analyzed. It seems This is the only direct information I was that the height of its glory was in 1855 able to obtain. The collection bought by I say it seems as I have been unable the Museum of Comparative Zoology from to see any account or even any mention Prof. Loew contains one specimen colof it in a scientific publication or a news-lected in 1848 in lqew Orleans by the late paper. Gentlemen who were largely con-Prof. Schaum, and three others one marked nected with such publications in ibrmer as the yellow fever fly. The species has times assure me that the matter was at never been described. It belongs to Sciara that time much spoken of in periodicals and a careful examination of the descripbut that they cannot give any quotation of tions of all the species quoted in Baron Osan article. Upon application to the well ten Sacken's new catalog of :N. A. diptera known physician Dr. St. Julian B. Rayshows that none of them belong to this enel in S. Carolina I obtained the answer species. I was not able to compare the that although the Doctor had almost fordescriptions of Scara ngra Wied. gotten about it yet with some effort of The fact that the species appeared in memory he recalled that during the episwarms is also new. A list of swarms demic at qorfolk in 1855 a fly appeared of diptera given by Prof. Weyenbergh in swarms which the people there said (Tijdskr. v. Entom. 1861), records 29 had never been seen before, and which they but none of Sciara. called the yellow fever fly. The Doctor I believe that a description of the species had sent some of them to the late Prof. L. is very desirable so that its former curious Agassiz for examination but these are history and the fact of its swarming may not now to be found in the collection of not be lost.