Hemiptera (Heteroptera/Homoptera) as Prey of Robber Flies (Diptera: Asilidae) with Unpublished Records


  • D. Steve Dennis
  • Robert J. Lavigne South Australia Museum
  • Jeanne G. Dennis


Hemiptera, Heteroptera, Homoptera, prey, robber flies, Diptera, Asilidae


Of the approximately 58,000 plus prey records in the Asilidae Predator-Prey Database, 9.1% are Hemiptera (3.5% Heteroptera and 5.6% Homoptera). Forty six of the 133 recognized worldwide Hemiptera families are preyed upon with generally more prey records for female than male robber flies. Potential explanations for robber flies, in particular females, preying upon Hemiptera are discussed. Numbers of Hemiptera prey are examined based on their associated families, genera and species. Hemiptera prey are also discussed in relation to robber fly subfamilies and genera. New records of Hemiptera prey are presented and compared with prey records in the Database.

Author Biography

Robert J. Lavigne, South Australia Museum

Honorary Research Associate. Entomology, South Australia Museum, North Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia 5000; and Professor Emeritus, Entomology, Department of Renewable Resources, College of Agriculture, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY 82070, USA




How to Cite

Dennis, D. S., Lavigne, R. J., & Dennis, J. G. (2010). Hemiptera (Heteroptera/Homoptera) as Prey of Robber Flies (Diptera: Asilidae) with Unpublished Records. Journal of the Entomological Research Society, 12(1), 27–47. Retrieved from https://www.entomol.org/journal/index.php/JERS/article/view/190



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