oa Annals of the Natal Museum - An atlas of the Mecoptera of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Volume 36, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0304-0798



Eleven species of Mecoptera are known to occur in KwaZulu-Natal. A key for their identification, and maps showing their distribution within the province, are supplied and commented upon. In addition, all available data relating to adult seasonality and habitat are summarised. Although data are incomplete and offer a largely historical perspecitive, it is suggested that the Mecoptera, being large, easily recognised predatory insects, could prove to be useful in future conservation or biodiversity orientated initiatives.

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