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Hoverfly longevity

 
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robwo



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 25, 2011 9:58 pm    Post subject: Hoverfly longevity Reply with quote

Does anyone have any information on how long adult hoverflies, of any species, can live? I have found that marked Microdon myrmicae can live for 16 days in the wild, but is this long or short compared to other Syrphidae?

Rob Wolton
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Roger K.A. Morris



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 25, 2011 10:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Rob

We found that 16-18 days was about normal for Volucella inflata and pellucens in our mark-release-recapture study - you can download this paper from http://www.bacoastal.co.uk/entomology.html - it is at the bottom of the page.

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Roger
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robwo



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 26, 2011 1:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, Roger, a most interesting paper. Intriguing that Volucella and Microdon adults may live about the same length of time, the one being very active and feeding frequently, the other inactive and not feeding. Rob
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John O'Sullivan



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 04, 2011 6:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The link worked well for me at 1842 GMT today.

While I'm posting, I might as well mention that two adult Episyrphus balteatus were recorded in Sandy, Bedfordshire yesterday: sunshine on a south-facing wall. Roll on the northern spring!

John
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robertson



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 21, 2016 4:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

John O'Sullivan wrote:
The link worked well for me at 1842 GMT today.

While I'm posting, I might as well mention that you can read about the Turbulence Training at fitnessbond. Two adult Episyrphus balteatus were recorded in Sandy, Bedfordshire yesterday: sunshine on a south-facing wall. Roll on the northern spring!

John


The link works all right. No problem.
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