In Vives’ paper New or interesting Cerambycidae from Philippines, part 1 (Coleoptera, Cerambycidae), he described this new species as Nidella stanleyana based on specimens that I have provided.
Collected in Bukidnon, island of Mindanao, these are rather small cerambycid beetles that are usually 7mm x 2mm small and can be captured during the months of March – May on the treetops during the flowering season.
This species is dimorphic, meaning that the males and females are different. The female has a pronounced red patch on the pronotum and a lighter and greenish elytral coloration while the male does not.
The closest related species is Nidella coomani GRESSITT & RONDON 1970 and is from Vietnam.
Its remarkable that this species is present here. This only supports the idea that there is still so much to discover in the country.
In 2005, Eduard Vives published his paper New or interesting Cerambycidae from Philippines, Part 1 (Coleoptera, Cerambycidae) in the French entomological publication specializing on Coleoptera, Les Cahiers Magellanes. This was the result of his studies based on specimens that I and a good friend, Ismael Lumawig, sent him.
Thirteen species were included with 1 new combination and 5 new species of which I have contributed 4 of these. The species mentioned belonged to the subfamilies Cerambycinae and Lamiinae.
I do hope that this will lead to the continuation of Hudepohl’s ground breaking work and this time, covering the subfamilies not covered previously as well as updates.
These are of the genus Blepharum and he will be describing it. The closest species to this specimen is from Malaysia, Blepharum leopardum FISHER. However, he hinted that its possible that this can be a related but new genus. If that’s the case, then I’m more than happy!
Its definitely good to know that there are still many new species to discover in the country.
According to Denis Keith of the Muséum d’Histoire naturelle et de Préhistoire in Chartre, France, this scarab from the subfamily Melolonthinae is a new species of Engertia which is rather common in Bukidnon.
Denis already has three females from Leyte and in order to describe this as a new species, he has to have the male specimens. But I still have to check if I have stock or papered. If not, then I have to send my pinned specimens when I get back home to Cebu.
Sometime last April, I sent a parcel of mixed unidentified tiger beetles to Fabio Cassola, known authority of world Cicindelidae. These specimens were from different places like Cavite, Banaue, Ilocos in Luzon; Cebu; Homonhon Is., Samar; Leyte; Marinduque; Gingoog, Bukidnon, Zamboanga del Norte, Bucas Grande in Mindanao and Coron Is., Palawan.
This parcel included one species of Calomera that Fabio specifically requested to include as he saw it in my website. From his initial feedback, this Calomera species can only be two things:
- a new species, or
- it is a new range for C. decemguttata
These are two possibilities but with the second, the said species is found only in Indonesia (Sulawesi, Ambon, Ceram and other islands) and not in the Philippines. If this is C. decemguttata, it might prove to be a new distributional range but he cautions that this species is in dire need of a revision which will be done by an American entomologist.
The specimen that I sent him will be forwarded to this entomologist to determine if indeed this might be a new species or not.