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Published: 2020-02-14
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First record of two interesting genera of hover flies (Diptera: Syrphidae) in South India

PhD Scholar, Department of Entomology, Faculty of Agriculture, Annamalai University, Chidambaram- 608002, Tamil Nadu, India
Senior Research Fellow, Department of Agricultural Entomology, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu
Professor, Department of Entomology, Faculty of Agriculture, Annamalai University, Chidambaram- 608002, Tamil Nadu, India
Nationaal Natuurhistorisch Museum, Leiden, Netherlands
Volucella Monoceromyia batesian mimicry new record range extension


The bee mimicking hover fly genus Volucella Geoffroy, 1762 and the potter wasp mimicking genus Monoceromyia Shannon, 1922 are reported for the first time from South India. Brief diagnosis of Volucella trifasciata Wiedemann, 1830 and Monoceromyia javana (Wiedemann, 1824), high-resolution images of the habitus and other important characters, as well as notes on their distribution, mimicry and biology are provided.


Key words: Volucella, Monoceromyia, batesian mimicry, new record, range extension 


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