Wilkinson, Geoffrey and Rotheray, Graham E (Research Associate) (2017) Melanostoma scalare (Meigen) larvae (Diptera, Syrphidae) feed on Diptera larvae in leaf litter. Dipterists Digest, 24 (1). pp. 53-60. ISSN 0953-7260

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In winter 2016, Melanostoma scalare (Meigen) larvae (Diptera, Syrphidae) were found in woodland leaf litter and, in culture, were observed catching and feeding on coo-occurring larvae of Lonchopteridae, Lauxaniidae and Limoniidae (Diptera). Tactile contact with prey elicited capture behaviour. This involved turning prey upside down and piercing the underside with the head skeleton. Initially prey fluids were imbibed with little movement of the head skeleton followed by head skeleton lunging when food was imbibed only during retraction or backwards movement. These data support the idea of Melanostoma larvae are facultative aphid predators and they help to resolve the enigma of high adult abundance versus the scarcity of larval records from aphid colonies.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
Q Science > QH Natural history
Q Science > QL Zoology
Theme: Understanding the natural world
Department: Natural Sciences
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Depositing User: Ross Anderson
Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2017 13:28
Last Modified: 16 Oct 2017 13:28
URI: http://repository.nms.ac.uk/id/eprint/1922

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