Good day to Everyone, Please can anyone assist with the possible ID of the insect pictures attached. Thank you
Shakiru Adewale KAZEEM, PhD. Plant Pathologist,
Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service,
Post-Entry Quarantine and Diagnostic Station,
General Research and Biotechnology Unit,
Ibadan, Oyo State.
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Dear Dr. Kazeem,
Could you please tell us what plant hosts are being damaged by the larvae? It may help narrow down the list of potential species.
If it helps someone else, the species will be in the Erebidae (Calpinae or Catocalinae).
Dear Dr Kazeem,
It may be Achaea catocaloides a very prolific and polyphagous species, which caused serious damage to cocoa in Cote d'Ivoire in 2015.
Hope it will help.
We have not been able to identify your fly as yet, other than it is likely to be a member of the Tachinidae. However, we are still asking and may have some more news shortly.
Dear Dr Shakira
At the suggestion of Dr Russell Cox at the Australian Museum, I sent your images to Dr Jim O'Hara Research Scientist/ Canadian National Collection of Insects, Ottawa, Canada.
Dr O'Hara kindly had a look at the images and wrote:
I think the tachinid is likely the genus Blepharella Macquart, which has over 40 species in the Afrotropical Region.
I have attached a paper in which the species Blepharella lodosi Mesnil was described from a specimen reared from Achaea catocaloides:
Mesnil, L.P. 1968. Quelques espèces inédites de tachinaires africains (Dipt. Tachinidae). Stuttgarter Beiträge zur Naturkunde 187: 1–12.
Please check with Dr. Pierfilippo Cerretti (e-mail: email@example.com) at the University of Rome for confirmation of the tachinid as Blepharella. He is the leading authority on Afrotropical Tachinidae.
I'll leave it to you to take the id further and contact Dr Cerretti, but please let us know the result.