First report of Syneura cocciphila (Coquillett, 1895) (Diptera: Phoridae), as a predator of the fluted scale Crypticeria multicicatrices Kondo & Unruh, 2009 (Hemiptera: Monophlebidae).
This paper reports for the first time the presence of S. cocciphila (Diptera: Phoridae), feeding on C. multicicatrices, and provides some biological information. The larvae of S. cocciphila feeds on the body contents of the adult scale and also on the eggs within the ovisac. Pupation occurs inside the damaged insect body, within the ovisac or just outside it. The phorid flies usually leave a circular emergence hole at the posterior end of the ovisac, or less frequently directly on the scale insect body. S. cocciphila has potential to be used as a natural enemy of the invasive fluted scale C. multicicatrices on the islands of San Andres and Providencia in Colombia as part of a classical biological control programme.