Research Reports: Notes and Corrections on Stick-Ticks, Neotropical Parasitic Midges of the Forcipomyia Subgenus Microhelea (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae)

Willis W. Wirth

Abstract


"Stick-ticks" comprise a compact group of seven Neotropical species in the ixodoides Group of the genus Forcipomyia, subgenus Microhelea. A key is presented to distinguish the ixodoides Group of species that mainly feed on the Orthoptera from the fuliginosa Group of species that feed mainly on larvae of Lepidoptera. A key is presented for identification of the species of the ixodoides Group using new and more reliable characters, and two species are retrieved from erroneous synomymy.

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