A simple and efficient method of rearing aphidophagous hoverflies (Diptera: Syrphidae)

B. D. Fraser

Abstract


Syrphid larvae and their aphid prey are reared together with minimal maintenance on caged broad bean plants. An essential feature of the cage for adults is a feeding platform raised well off the floor for the diet of cube sugar, water and freeze-dried pollen. Since mating occurs in flight, the cage must be higher than wide or deep.

Keywords


Diptera; Syrphidae

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References


Matkin, O.A. and P.A. Chandler. 1957. The U.C. system for producing healthy container-grown plants. K.F. Baker (ed.), California Agr. Expl. Sta. Manual 23. p. 73.


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