Body temperature regulation, energy metabolism, and foraging in light-seeking and shade-seeking robber flies

Robber flies (Diptera: Asilidae) were studied in Panama from May through August. Of the 16 species examined, 5 perched and foraged in the sun and 11 perched and foraged in the shade. Thoracic body temperatures of light-seeking flies ranged from 35.2–40.6°C during foraging. Light-seeking flies regulated body temperature behaviorally by microhabitat selection… CONTINUE READING