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Ecology of the Hover Fly Episyrphus balteatus


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Title Ecology of the Hover Fly Episyrphus balteatus
Alternative Title Ökologie der Schwebfliege Episyrphus balteatus
Author Gries, Gerhard
Contributors Dieter Haarhaus (Redaktion)
Horst Wittmann (Kamera)
Thomas Gerstenberg (Kamera)
Horst Wittmann (Schnitt)
Min-Lay Suárez (Schnitt)
Abbas Yousefpour (Schnitt)
Klaus Kemner (Tonmischung)
License CC Attribution - NonCommercial - NoDerivatives 3.0 Germany:
You are free to use, copy, distribute and transmit the work or content in unchanged form for any legal and non-commercial purpose as long as the work is attributed to the author in the manner specified by the author or licensor.
DOI 10.3203/IWF/C-7011eng
IWF Signature C 7011
Publisher IWF (Göttingen)
Release Date 2000
Language English
Producer IWF
Production Year 1997

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Subject Area Life Sciences
Abstract The marmalade hoverfly, one of the most common hoverflies, feeds on nectar and pollen. In contrast, the larvae are carnivorous. Fertilised females search for aphid colonies to lay their eggs. Young larvae passively await the contact stimulation by an aphid, then attach themselves securely to the aphid and suck them dry. Larvae of the 3rd stage actively locate aphid colonies, glue the aphids to the substrate and to one another and then successively suck them dry. Two weeks after pupation the fly emerges. Macrophotography, slow-motion up to 400 times.
Keywords ingestion / Insecta
predator-prey relationship
flight / Insecta
birth / Insecta
egg-laying / Diptera
hatching / Insecta (larva)
acquisition of food / Insecta
reproduction, sexual / Diptera
food intake / Insecta
oviposition / Diptera
larvae / Insecta
eclosion (emergence) / Insecta (Larvae)
capture of prey / Insecta
Episyrphus balteatus
hover fly
Aphis fabae
marmalade hoverfly
plant lice
black bean aphid

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