Proceedings of the Zoological Society

, Volume 72, Issue 2, pp 202–205 | Cite as

Predatory Behaviour of Larval Alluaudomyia formosana Okada on Alluaudomyia xanthocoma Kieffer (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae)–Video Documentation

  • Sudipta Sarkar
  • Abhijit MazumdarEmail author
Short Communication


The predation of adult Alluaudomyia upon several insects is well documented. However, the phenomenon of larval predation within the group is scant. The videos depict the predatory behaviour of larvae of Alluaudomyia formosana on Alluaudomyia xanthocoma within a petridish in the laboratory. The footages clearly demonstrate the mode of infliction of A. formosana on the intertergal membrane of A. xanthocoma with concomitant extradition of tissue fluids which led to death of the larvae.


Alluaudomyia formosana Alluaudomyia xanthocoma predation video 



We are thankful to the University Grants Commission, New Delhi and to the Head of the Department of Zoology, The University of Burdwan for laboratory facilities. Sincere gratitude owes to Dr. P. K. Chaudhuri for the valuable suggestions.

Supplementary material

Video: 1 A larva of A. formosana attacking A. xanthocoma larva and ingesting haemolymph; 2 Two larvae of A. formosana comes together for attacking one at a time (WMV 32009 kb)

Supplementary material 2 (WMV 4388 kb)


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Entomology Research Unit, Department of ZoologyThe University of BurdwanBurdwanIndia

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