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Oecologia

, Volume 46, Issue 1, pp 125–129 | Cite as

Blood-feeding and nectar-feeding in adult tabanidae (Diptera)

  • Fritz-Werner Kniepert
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Summary

Nectar-feeding frequently occurs in male and female tabanids. 53% of the 7,002 females and 69% of the 2,436 males reacted positively to cold anthrone. Although there are seasonal fluctuations in rates of blood and nectar-feeding, the acquisition of sugars may be essential for tabanid survival during the summer. Differences in blood-feeding rates among the species may indicate different blood-sucking habits.

Keywords

Sugar Seasonal Fluctuation Anthrone Female Tabanid Cold Anthrone 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Fritz-Werner Kniepert
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  1. 1.Institut für Allgemeine und Spezielle ZoologieUniversität GießenGießenGermany

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