[Syrphidae] Re: Xanthandrus comtus

Francis Gilbert Francis.Gilbert at nottingham.ac.uk
Sat Aug 23 15:24:59 BST 2014

Marvellous photo! and very interesting indeed!

According to the pre-2005 literature that I have found, syrphids have been recorded feeding on a number of things other than from flowers or honeydew: water (Speight 2000), sweat (Bänziger 1996), and from stems and leaves (Katsura K 1996 [Interesting behaviour of Leucozona lucorum]. Hana Abu 2: 12). The last is probably the closest to your observation - Katsura described and photographed Leucozona lucorum feeding from the stems and undersides of leaves of Lugularia fischeri.

Best wishes


Dr Francis Gilbert
Professor of Ecology, School of Biology
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From: syrphidae-bounces at lists.nottingham.ac.uk [mailto:syrphidae-bounces at lists.nottingham.ac.uk] On Behalf Of Cyrille DUSSAIX
Sent: 23 August 2014 11:50
To: LISTE_Nottingham
Subject: [Syrphidae] Xanthandrus comtus


I received this photo showing a Xanthandrus comtus consume micro fungi on teasel (Dipsacus fullonum), I presume.

Observation between 5:45 p.m. to 6:35 p.m.

Have you ever seen this way of eating ?

Bibliographical references ?

Other explanations ?

Thank you for your answers.

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