The small staphylinid subfamily Habrocerinae includes only two genera, one (Nomimocerus Coiffait & Sáiz) with six species restricted to southern South America, and the other (Habrocerus Erichson) with 16 species worldwide but none yet recorded from the Afrotropical (= Ethiopian) region (Herman 2001). During a recent field trip to South Africa with Field Museum colleagues to survey the staphylinid fauna and visit several South African insect collections, we found specimens of Habrocerus several times in the field, and discovered older specimens in two collections.
Eldana saccharina Walker (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae) and Helicoverpa armigera Hübner (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) are economically important pests of several African crops. Eldana saccharina is a pest of maize and sugarcane in East and West Africa (Bosque-Pérez & Mareck 1991; Girling 1978; Kaufmann 1983), and a consistently serious pest of sugarcane in South Africa (Atkinson 1980).
Medico-legal forensic entomology is often concerned with the estimation of postmortem intervals (PMI), the time elapsed since the death of a body, by estimating the age of maggots if they are found on a body. These estimates can be complicated by the presence of a variety of drugs that may be present in dead bodies, including steroids such as hydrocortisone (Musvasva et al. 2001).
It has been brought to my attention that the names of two noctuid taxa that I described in African Entomology 13(1): 97-142 and ibid. 177-180 are preoccupied. The necessary replacement names are proposed below.
Warwick and Michele Tarbotton have produced two matching handy-sized field guides to the dragonflies and damselflies of South Africa. The dragon fly volume was the first, published in 2002, but now that the second damselfly volume is out it is worth considering the two books.