Reciprocal predation involving Odonata, Asilidae and Saltatoria
International Journal of Odonatology, Volume 9, Issue 2, Pages 225-234, 2006
Published: 1 October 2006 (Received: 28 April 2006, Accepted: 26 May 2006)
A singular observation of an adult Tettigonia viridissima (Tettigoniidae) that captured a female Eutolmus rufibarbis (Asilidae) sucking a male Lestes sponsa (Lestidae) is reported. The reciprocal predation of Odonata, Asilidae, and Saltatoria (Ensifera, Caelifera) hitherto recorded in Europe is compiled and augmented by unpublished data on asilids as predators of odonates. Heavy predation by robber-flies may occur only on grasshoppers and dragonflies; all other reciprocal predation events are occasional.
Keywords: Odonata, dragonfly, Asilidae, Diptera, Ensifera, Caelifera, Saltatoria, reciprocal predation, Europe
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