oa Annals of the Natal Museum - A description of the female, egg and first-instar larva of Tongamya miranda, with notes on oviposition and the habitat of the species (Diptera: Apioceridae)

Volume 21, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0304-0798



The female of the megasceline apiocerid Tongamya miranda Stuckenberg is descriptionbed for the first time and proves to have the same unusual features of head structure possessed by the male. The eggs are descriptionbed; they are relatively small and laid in batches averaging 101 eggs; over a thousand may be laid by one female. The first-instar larva is descriptionbed and figured. Brief notes are given on the hatching sequence and feeding of first-instar larvae. The use of grass tufts for perching by the females is noted. Finally, all published data on immature stages of Apioceridae are reviewed.

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