Submitted to: Zootaxa
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 5/6/2008
Publication Date: 6/6/2008
Citation: Woodley, N.E., Arnaud, P.H. 2008. Lobomyia Neotropica, a new genus and species of Tachinidae (Diptera) from the neotropical region. Zootaxa. 1783:31-39. Interpretive Summary: Flies affect U.S. agriculture in many ways, as pests causing millions of dollars in damage annually, or as beneficial predators and parasites. Tachinid flies, parasites of other insects, are the most important group of flies in biocontrol. This paper describes a new genus and species of tachinid fly that is parasitic on moths that defoliate cypress and eucalyptus in South America. The moths are potential invasive pest species into the U.S., so knowledge of natural enemies is important if biocontrol measures become necessary. This information will be of interest to scientists, biocontrol workers, and other action agencies concerned with insect pests.
Technical Abstract: A new genus and species, Lobomyia neotropica gen. nov., sp. nov., (Diptera: Tachinidae) is described from material from Colombia (type locality), Brazil, Costa Rica, Mexico, and Trinidad. The Colombian material was reared from Glena bisulca Rindge (Lepidoptera: Geometridae), a defoliator of introduced cypress trees. Costa Rican material was reared from several species of Lepidoptera: Notodontidae.