Adults of Macrotoma palmata were collected on their host Acacia tortilis near Germa, Fezzan, in Libya by our friend Jean-Claude Ringenbach. As for the species' distribution in North Africa it has previously only been known from Algeria and Egypt. Therefore this record represents a new species for Libya. According to Jean-Claude the species seems to be quite common in convenient habitats in the Messak Plateau. Attacked host trees have also been observed in Wadi Iyadar in the Akakus range.
MH & MR © March 30, 2006