oa Annals of the Natal Museum - First record of Conarete (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae: Lestremiinae) in the Afrotropical Region, and notes on the loss of ocelli in the tribe Lestremiini

Volume 36, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0304-0798



Conarete calcuttaensis Nayar, 1949, is recorded from South Africa, the first record of the genus outside of India and North America. Illustrations are provided to facilitate species recognition. A short review is given of Conarete, and the genus is differentiated from Anarete. The two genera share several characteristics, including the swarming habit, a reduction of the number of antennal flagellomeres, and the large tarsal claws with many teeth, at least in males. Ocelli are lost in males of C. calcuttaensis, as they are in some other species of Conarete and Anarete.

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