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


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.

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This work is a part of Ph.D. thesis carried out at the Institut für Allgemeine und Spezielle Zoologie, Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen

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Kniepert, FW. Blood-feeding and nectar-feeding in adult tabanidae (Diptera). Oecologia 46, 125–129 (1980).

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  • Sugar
  • Seasonal Fluctuation
  • Anthrone
  • Female Tabanid
  • Cold Anthrone