Thread subject: :: Forcipomyia cf. (Lepidohelea) pulcherrima. S. Spain

Posted by Maherjos on 12-10-2014 20:43

John Carr wrote:
The body could belong to the common species Forcipomyia (Lepidohelea) pulcherrima, but the antennae look more like Dasyhelea.

John Carr wrote:

Ghonaim, M. F. et al. 2001. A review of the genus Forcipomyia (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae) from Egtpt with description of a new species. Oriental Insects 35:39-47. http://mrec.ifas....LI_110.pdf

The new species marsafae is a synonym of F. pulcherrima and comparison should show the range of variation within the species (and between fresh and worn specimens). This according to

Grogan, W. L. et al. 2014. The Old World biting midge, Forcipomyia (Lepidohelea) pulcherrima SANTOS ABREU, new to the fauna of the United States (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae). Polish Journal of Entomology 82(4):287–302 http://www.degruy...0043-6.xml

Illustrations of antennae do not show the long necks in this photo. Sometimes antennae proportions of dried specimens are markedly different, and that may explain the difference here.

So I think probably F. pulcherrima.

I appreciate their identification, and I thank the reasoning that makes getting to your conclusion.
Would seem correct name Forcipomyia (Lepidohelea) cf. pulcherrima.?
Think with that name could climb to the gallery?

Kind regards from southern Spain.
José Marín.