Thread subject: :: Source for aphidophagous Syrphids in US?

Posted by gordonfitch on 19-06-2015 15:44


I am looking for a source of pupae of Episyrphus balteatus or a similar aphidophagous species found in the NE/North-central US. I am conducting research in Michigan, USA, on the interaction between pest control and pollination in diversified farming systems. I plan to use the flies in enclosure experiments in the field; they would not be released. I see that E. balteatus is commercially available in Europe, but haven't found a source in the US. If you know of any, I would greatly appreciate the help. Alternatively, if there aren't any commercially available aphidophagous species, any tips on captive rearing would also be appreciated.

Thank you,

Gordon Fitch
PhD Student
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
University of Michigan