Entomological Review

, Volume 87, Issue 7, pp 812–821 | Cite as

Sex-related diet specificity in Bombylius major and some other bombyliidae (diptera)

  • A. A. Panov


The study of the gut content of several bombyliid species revealed sex-related differences in their diets: the females consumed much more pollen than males. No difference was observed in the consumption of pollen between long-proboscid (Bombylius major, B. canescens, and Systoechus gradatus) and short-proboscid (Hemipenthes maurus and H. morio) species. Both sexes were capable of digestion of pollen. The pollen appears to be accumulated in the crop first and then enter the midgut by large portions.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Severtsov Institute of Ecology and EvolutionRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia

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