Ubristes

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There are four myrmecophilous species in this genus. All are characterized by their metatibiae, which are usually enlarged, but always with a brush of long pile along the dorsal edges. These flies are probably mimics of the stingless bees in the tribe Meliponini.

List of Ubristes and their Host Ants
Genus and species Author and Year Ant Host Distribution
Ubristes flavitibia Walker, 1852 ants Neotropics:Brazil
Ubristes ictericus Reemer, 2013 ants Neotropics: Brazil, Ecuador
Ubristes jaguarinus Reemer, 2013 ants Neotropics: Costa Rica
Ubristes rex Reemer, 2017 ants Brazil

REFERENCES

  • Reemer, Menno (2008). "Surimyia, a new genus of Microdontinae, with notes on Paragodon Thompson, 1969 (Diptera, Syrphidae)". Zool. Med. Leiden. Naturalis. 82: 177–188.
  • Reemer, Menno (2017). "Ubristes rex sp. n., a new microdontine hoverfly from northern Brazil (Diptera: Syrphidae: Microdontinae)". Zootaxa. 4362 (2): 280–286
  • Reemer, M. & G. Stahls 2013. Phylogenetic relationships of Microdontinae (Diptera: Syrphidae) based on molecular and morphological characters. Systematic Entomology 38 (4): 661-688.