oa Annals of the Natal Museum - Some habits of male horse-flies in Rhodesia (Diptera: Tabanidae)

Volume 18, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0304-0798



Observations were made on sixteen species of Tabanidae in the Vumba Mountains of Eastern Rhodesia. Three distinct habits of the male tabanids were noticed, namely concentration around wet places, basking on stones or undergrowth, and swarming on hilltops. At wet places and in basking, females often accompanied the males but were seldom seen on hilltops. Species visiting wet places could be divided into those that settled on mud at the edge of water and those that dived at water (a habit largely confined to the males). Basking was observed to be a habit of only three species. Hilltop swarms were formed by males of two species of Philoliche, one of which showed marked territorial behaviour.

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