A New Species of Cecidomyiid (Diptera, Cecidomyiidae) Predator Associated with Scale Insect (Hemiptera, Coccoidea) Pests of Coffee
Keywords:Biodiversity, beneficial insects, biological control, Coffea arabica, Neotropical.
A new species of predatory cecidomyiid, Diadiplosis bellingeri sp. nov. (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae), is described and illustrated based on specimens collected in association with scale insects (Hemiptera: Coccoidea) on Coffea arabica (Rubiaceae) in Espírito Santo, Brazil. Diadiplosis bellingeri sp. nov. is distinguished from all other Diadiplosis species, by having the following combination of characters: maxillary palps 4-segmented with segments 2 and 3 subequal, claws unidentate, empodium rudimentary, cercus and hypoproct emarginate, gonostyli curved, and aedeagus triangular.
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