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Immature stages of Blepharotes (Diptera: Asilidae), one of the world's largest assassin flies: multi-function mandibles and soil-drilling pupal spines and spurs

Ferguson, David J.; Li, Xuankun; Yeates, David Keith


Assassin or robberflies belong to the family Asilidae, one of the most diversefly families, with over 7400described species worldwide. Adults are predators on mostly smaller insects which they catch on the wing; larvaeare predators on soft bodied arthropods in the soil or rotting wood, usually beetle (Coleoptera) larvae, often curl orwhite grubs (Scarabaeidae). Predation by larval and adult Asilidae puts downward pressure on populations of theirprey above and below ground. Because asilid larvae...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2019
Type: Journal article
Source: Austral Entomology
DOI: 10.1111/aen.12374


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