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Microdon larva
Marion Friedrich
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Posted on 21-09-2019 17:28
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Hello,
is species ID of this larva possible? It looks like Microdon analis in the gallery.
Yesterday I found it under decaying wood together with some fleeing ants in Saxony in Germany.
How do these flat larvae capture their pray? They do not look very mobile. Do they wait until an ant larva appears near their mouth parts?
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How do these flat larvae capture their pray?
See the interesting article by B. Barr, 1995 in Dipterists Digest (2nd Ser.) 2: 21-36.
 
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Thank you for the literature source, Jan.

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