A new species of hunter-fly (genus Coenosia) has been described from Mariepskop, Mpumalanga by Burgert Muller of the Terrestrial Invertebrates department.
The little fly measures just under 5 mm and has striking whip-like bristles and hairs on its body, which is reflected in its species name C. flagelliseta (Latin flagellum (whip) and seta (bristle)). This species belongs to a group of hunter-flies that have globular bristles on their head, and the female of C. flagelliseta is also described, a first for the group. All species of Coenosia are predatory, but both the male and female of the new species also had nectar in their midgut, pointing to supplementary nectar feeding, making them potential pollinators of the Fynbos that occurs on Mariepskop.
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