[Syrphidae] Re: Microdon mutabilis

Jordaens Kurt kurt.jordaens at africamuseum.be
Wed Jan 21 11:31:37 GMT 2015

Dear Frank,

If helpful, I could characterize these using DNA-sequencing (e.g. COI, 16S and 28S). Part of these data are available in GenBank (from Ximo, Gunilla and others) or can be gathered ourselves. You would then have some indication on how close your 'probable' mutabilis would be to the data already available. So, if you wish, you can send me a single leg of a few specimens (each leg in a separate tube) of each taxon in ethanol to the address below.


Kurt Jordaens
Royal Museum for Central Africa
Entomology Section
Leuvensesteenweg 13
B-3080 Tervuren
tel.: +32 2 769 5373
fax: +32 2 769 5642

From: syrphidae-bounces at lists.nottingham.ac.uk [mailto:syrphidae-bounces at lists.nottingham.ac.uk] On Behalf Of Frank Van de Meutter
Sent: mercredi 21 janvier 2015 12:21
To: Hoverfly discussion list
Subject: [Syrphidae] Microdon mutabilis

Dear all

a specific question to European entomologists.

As in many mainland European countries, in Belgium we currently do have both Microdon myrmicae

in boggy areas (pupae and larvae have been found), and a much larger sibling species living on hot dry calcereous grasslands that would categorize as

 "probable" M. mutabilis.

However, M. mutabilis has been described in the UK living with the ant Formica lemanii that does not occur at these sites.

A sibling ant species Formica fusca does occur on the chalk grasslands and we suspect it to be the host of the large "M mutabilis" that fly here, but we have been unable to find Microdon larvae in these nests, as yet.

Can anyone comment on how they deal with this in their own country, and if anyone has found the M mutabilis larvae/puparia yet in mainland europe together with F fusca?

best regards


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