[Syrphidae] Mating syrphids
wechaney at ucdavis.edu
Mon Jun 15 20:03:26 BST 2009
I had success mating and rearing a few of the important aphid feeding
species in Salinas a few years ago. Sphaerophoria spp. and Toxomerus
spp.were easy. I used 5 gallon plastic buckets with ventilation in
the sides as well as a sleeve opening and a clear plastic top. I used
flowering alyssum plants for pollen and streaked honey on the sides.
I then placed aphid infested lettuce plants into the cage and the
females would readily oviposit on them. I changed them daily and
hatched the eggs in a growth chamber.
I can provide more details if you would like.
Entomology Farm Advisor, retired
University of California
On Jun 15, 2009, at 5:55 AM, Chris Bergh wrote:
> I am in need of any information or advice regarding mating syrphids
> in captivity (any species would be fine, although I work with a
> Pipizine). This information could be from cage studies or (ideally)
> under quarantine conditions. As well, if any of you have any
> information or records regarding parasitism of any Pipizine syrphid
> by any Diplazon species, that would be most useful, too.
> Thanks very much for your help. - Chris
> J. Christopher Bergh
> Associate Professor of Entomology
> Virginia Tech AHS-AREC
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