n African Entomology - Melanophila unicolor Gory, 1841 (Buprestidae), the furnace beetle, in southern Africa : short communications
|Article Title||Melanophila unicolor Gory, 1841 (Buprestidae), the furnace beetle, in southern Africa : short communications|
|© Publisher:||Entomological Society of South Africa (ESSA)|
|Affiliations||1 University of Pretoria and 2 Monsanto, USA|
|Publication Date||Jan 2016|
|Pages||241 - 244|
Recently, large numbers of Melanophila unicolor Gory, 1841 were attracted to furnaces and cooling copper at a smelter at Tsumeb, Namibia, where the beetles are colloquially known as 'furnace-beetles'. The smelter is surrounded by indigenous savanna woodland. The beetles were alleged by workers to inflict a painful bite. Specimens were sent to us for identification; the results are reported in this communication.
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