oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - Notes on the biology and immature stages of Neolophonotus dichaetus Hull in South Africa (Diptera: Asilidae)
|Article Title||Notes on the biology and immature stages of Neolophonotus dichaetus Hull in South Africa (Diptera: Asilidae)|
|© Publisher:||Entomological Society of South Africa (ESSA)|
|Journal||Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa|
|Affiliations||1 *Natal Museum, Pietermaritzburg. **Department of Zoology & Entomology, Rhodes University, Grahamstown|
|Publication Date||Sep 1987|
|Pages||427 - 434|
|Keyword(s)||Adult feeding, Afrotropical Asilidae, Egg-masses, First-instar larvae, Illustrations, Neolophonotus dichaetus, Oviposition behaviour, Pseudopods, Southern African robber fly and Tubercles|
Observations on the oviposition behaviour of the southern African robber fly Neolophonotus dichaetus Hull are descriptionbed. Females lay their eggs in a frothy secretion between the leaves of certain legumes. This is a behaviour not previously recorded in the family Asilidae. The egg-masses and first-instar larvae, which lack tubercles or pseudopods on the first abdominal segment, are descriptionbed and illustrated. Data on the distribution, seasonal incidence and adult behaviour of the species are presented.
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