oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - A new species of Paralipsa Butler (Lepidoptera : Pyralidae) from the nest of Xylocopa (Mesothrichia) flavorufa DeG. (Hymenoptera: Xylocopidae) from South Africa

Volume 25, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0013-8789



Amongst some specimens of Galleriinae sent to me by Dr L. V�ri for identification were two specimens which looked superficially like Aphomia sociella L. These specimens were found in the nest of a bee, Xylocopa (M.) flavorufa DeG., and thus have a similar habitat to A. sociella. On examination of the specimens the male was found to lack the large cell in the forewing which is characteristic of the genus Aphomia Hb. The venation and the enlarged basal segment of the antennae show that this species should be placed in the genus Paralipsa Butler.

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