Tetanocera elata (Diptera: Sciomyzidae) Larvae Feed on Protected Slug Species Geomalacus maculosus (Gastropoda: Arionidae): First Record of Predation

@article{Giordani2014TetanoceraE,
  title={Tetanocera elata (Diptera: Sciomyzidae) Larvae Feed on Protected Slug Species Geomalacus maculosus (Gastropoda: Arionidae): First Record of Predation},
  author={I. Giordani and T. Hynes and Inga Reich and R. M. Mc Donnell and M. J. Gormally},
  journal={Journal of Insect Behavior},
  year={2014},
  volume={27},
  pages={652-656}
}
  • I. Giordani, T. Hynes, +2 authors M. J. Gormally
  • Published 2014
  • Biology
  • Journal of Insect Behavior
  • The Family Sciomyzidae (Diptera) is one of the best studied groups of malacophagous insects containing some of the most important enemies of slugs. Larvae of the fly Tetanocera elata are known obligate feeders on slugs both as parasitoids and predators. We tested whether predatory larvae of T. elata can feed on the protected slug species Geomalacus maculosus, for which there appear to be no published records of natural enemies. Using an infra-red video camera, we recorded the behaviour of third… CONTINUE READING
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