n African Entomology - A new species of Hesse (Diptera: Mythicomyiidae) from the Brandberg Massif, Namibia

Volume 16, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1021-3589



A second species of Hesse, namely Kirk-Spriggs & Evenhuis, sp. n., from the Brandberg Massif, Namibia, is described and illustrated. It differs from Hesse in the patterning of the scutum and abdominal tergites, the wing venation, and also antennal structure. The larvae of Hesse are associated with locust egg pods in South Africa, and possible Acrididae hosts occurring on the Brandberg are discussed. Relationships of the genus to other grasshopper-associated genera with vestigial mouth parts are discussed from the Old and New Worlds and an austral vicariance pattern of Gondwanan origin is indicated.

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