Ethology of Diogmites crudelis Bromley, 1936 (Diptera: Asilidae) in Northeastern Florida, U.S.A.

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  • D. Steve DENNIS Retired

Keywords:

Behavior, robber flies, prey, Diptera, Asilidae.

Abstract

 Diogmites crudelis Bromley, 1936 (during 106 hours of observation) foraged from the ground and vegetation, capturing and immobilizing prey in flight. Identified prey came from three insect orders (Diptera, Hemiptera, and Hymenoptera), with Hymenoptera making up 81.7%. Mating occurred in the tail-to-tail position and oviposition was in the ground, typically in the shade of vegetation when the sun was shining. This species exhibited a distinct daily rhythm of activity for feeding from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM and oviposition from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Habitats, resting behavior, grooming behavior, and predators and parasites also are discussed.

Author Biography

D. Steve DENNIS, Retired

Study the behavior, ecology, immature stages, and taxonomoy of robber flies

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Published

2015-04-03

How to Cite

DENNIS, D. S. (2015). Ethology of Diogmites crudelis Bromley, 1936 (Diptera: Asilidae) in Northeastern Florida, U.S.A. Journal of the Entomological Research Society, 17(1), 23–44. Retrieved from https://www.entomol.org/journal/index.php/JERS/article/view/720

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Journal of the Entomological Research Society