The ontogeny of host-seeking behaviour in a parasitoid dipteran.

@article{Crespo2008TheOO,
  title={The ontogeny of host-seeking behaviour in a parasitoid dipteran.},
  author={Jos{\'e} E. Crespo and Marcela K. Castelo},
  journal={Journal of insect physiology},
  year={2008},
  volume={54 5},
  pages={842-7}
}
The robber fly Mallophora ruficauda is one of the principal apiculture pests in the Pampas region of Argentina. As adults, they prey on honeybees and other insects, while as larvae they are ectoparasitoids of third-instar scarab larvae. Females of M. ruficauda lay eggs in tall grasses. After being dispersed by the wind, larvae drop to the ground, where they dig in search of their hosts. It is known that M. ruficauda larvae exhibit active host-searching behaviour; however, it is unknown which… CONTINUE READING