Unexpected Vegetarian Feeding Behaviour of a Predatory Tiger Beetle Calomera littoralis nemoralis (Olivier, 1790) (Coleoptera: Cicindelidae)

Authors

  • Radomir Jaskula Department of Invertebrate Zoology & Hydrobiology, University of Lodz, Lodz, Poland

Keywords:

Tiger beetles, Calomera littoralis nemoralis, aggregation behavior, vegetarian feeding behaviour, Albania, Balkan Peninsula.

Abstract

An unexpected vegetarian feeding behaviour in a predatory tiger beetle Calomera littoralis nemoralis was observed on the marine sandy beach in Albania. The aggregation of some 100 beetles on an area of ca. 5 m2 was noted during eating grains of maize as well as coocked macaroni. This is the first known case of feeding on plant grains by Cicindelidae species.

Author Biography

Radomir Jaskula, Department of Invertebrate Zoology & Hydrobiology, University of Lodz, Lodz, Poland

Department of Invertebrate Zoology & Hydrobiology, University of Lodz, Lodz, Poland

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Published

2013-04-03

How to Cite

Jaskula, R. (2013). Unexpected Vegetarian Feeding Behaviour of a Predatory Tiger Beetle Calomera littoralis nemoralis (Olivier, 1790) (Coleoptera: Cicindelidae). Journal of the Entomological Research Society, 17(2), 1–6. Retrieved from https://www.entomol.org/journal/index.php/JERS/article/view/435

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Journal of the Entomological Research Society