oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - Species and species groups

Volume 1970, Issue 11
  • ISSN : 0013-8789



It is possible to separate some of the species into several distinctive groups, but some are not very homogeneous. It seems, therefore, inadvisable to suggest subgeneric names even for the more distinct groups. Ten species groups are defined below. For convenience they may be separated into two sections, A and B, on abdominal colour and pattern. These sections are not entirely natural divisions. A different approach would be to place together those with very slender abdomens having long segments as opposed to those with thicker abdomens, but this method does not work satisfactorily at all. For instance, those with very slender abdomens include such dissimilar species as africana, basitincta, stictica, monardi and werneri.

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