Florida Entomologist (2001) 84, 691-699

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Sanford D. Porter and Marcos A. Pesquero (2001)
Illustrated key to Pseudacteon decapitating flies (Diptera: Phoridae) that attack Solenopsis saevissima complex fire ants in South America
Florida Entomologist 84 (4), 691-699
Abstract: This paper provides an illustrated key in English and Portuguese to 18 South American species of Pseudacteon decapitating flies that attack Solenopsis fire ants in the saevissima complex. The taxonomic history and current status of species in the genus Pseudacteon are discussed. Pseudacteon flies are of interest because of their unusual life history and potential value as classical fire ant biocontrol agents.
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Database assignments for author(s): Sanford D. Porter

Research topic(s) for pests/diseases/weeds:
biocontrol - natural enemies
Research topic(s) for beneficials or antagonists:
identification/taxonomy


Pest and/or beneficial records:

Beneficial Pest/Disease/Weed Crop/Product Country Quarant.


Solenopsis invicta
Solenopsis richteri
Pseudacteon tricuspis (parasitoid)
Pseudacteon curvatus (parasitoid)
Pseudacteon obtusus (parasitoid)