Hermesomyia Vockeroth, 1969

Mengual, Ximo, Miranda, Gil Felipe G. & Thompson, F. Christian, 2018, Unraveling Ocyptamus and the Baccha legacy (Diptera: Syrphidae): redefinition of groups and new species descriptions, Zootaxa 4461 (1), pp. 1-44: 8

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Hermesomyia Vockeroth, 1969
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Genus Hermesomyia Vockeroth, 1969  stat. rev.

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Hermesomyia Vockeroth, 1969: 121  , as a genus. Type species: Hermesomyia bacchiformis Vockeroth, 1969  (original designation); jun. syn. of Baccha wulpiana Lynch Arribálzaga, 1891  .

Baccha pirata  species group. Hull (1949a).

Ocyptamus  ( Hermesomyia  ). Mengual et al. (2012).

Ocyptamus wulpianus  species group. Miranda et al. (2016). 

Diagnosis. Straight face with large facial tubercle. Scutum covered by metallic microtrichia. Narrow, linear alula. Parallel-sided elongated abdomen with complete yellow fasciae.

Biology. Larvae of this genus live in the water-filled leaves of bromeliads and have been reported feeding on soft-bodied larvae of craneflies ( Tipulidae  ), mosquitoes ( Culicidae  ), aquatic beetles ( Coleoptera  , Helodidae  ), and larvae of other syrphids [ Ornidia obesa ( Fabricius, 1775)  and Quichuana angustiventris ( Macquart, 1855)  ] under artificial rearing conditions ( Rotheray et al. 2000). Rotheray et al. (2000) suggested that H. wulpianus  and O. luctuosus ( Bigot, 1884a)  use venom to subdue their prey.

Comments. When Vockeroth (1969) erected Hermesomyia  , he considered it morphologically close to Orphnabaccha  due to male genitalic similarities (mainly the O. ampla  species group), but it is clearly distinguished by the linear alula and the elongated parallel-sided abdomen with sub-basal pale fascia, and the bare metasternum.

Species list (1): H. wulpiana ( Lynch Arribálzaga, 1891)  .

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Diptera

Family

Syrphidae

Loc

Hermesomyia Vockeroth, 1969

Mengual, Ximo, Miranda, Gil Felipe G. & Thompson, F. Christian 2018

2018
Loc

Hermesomyia

Vockeroth, 1969 : 121