Thread subject: Diptera.info :: larvae Phoridae on Aeshna isoceles?
Posted by Robert Heemskerk on 16-07-2021 22:12
From a friend I got a box with a dead Aeshna isoceles in it.
This afternoon I discoverd soms larvae in the box and some pupae.
These are Phoridae I think?
What is the relation with the dragonfly?
Also in the box I found 3 little dead ants, this could also a possible explination for these Phoridae larvae?
I like to know if there is a relation between these.
Edited by Robert Heemskerk on 16-07-2021 22:14
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Edited by Robert Heemskerk on 16-07-2021 22:18
Posted by Tony Irwin on 17-07-2021 18:56
Disney (1994) mentions 34 species of phorids known to bred in dead insects, with Megaselia rufipes
and M. scalaris
being the most frequently cited. I don't think the phorids are parasites of the dragonfly - just very efficient scavengers.
Posted by Robert Heemskerk on 17-07-2021 21:37
Thank you Tony Irwin for your comment :)
Posted by Robert Heemskerk on 05-08-2021 21:29
These Phoridae were born:
I think determination is difficult from the picture?
See the picutre wiith link below:
Edited by Robert Heemskerk on 05-08-2021 21:45
Posted by Tony Irwin on 05-08-2021 21:50
Yes, especially as it's a female. If you have a male, it may well be possible to put a name on it, but it will probably need to be slide-mounted to be able to see all the necessary bits.