Annals of the Entomological Society of America (2006) 99, 96-112

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John F. Tooker, Martin Hauser and Lawrence M. Hanks (2006)
Floral host plants of Syrphidae and Tachinidae (Diptera) of central Illinois
Annals of the Entomological Society of America 99 (1), 96-112
Abstract: We tabulated plant species that served as floral hosts of adult Syrphidae and Tachinidae (Diptera) as reported by C. Robertson in his 33-yr data set of flower-visiting insects of central Illinois. Of the 186 fly species he recorded, most were visiting species of the Asteraceae and Apiaceae. The most preferred plant species were the asteraceous Aster pilosus Willdenow and Heracleum maximum Bartram and the umbellifer Pastinaca sativa L. The most frequently recorded fly species were three syrphids: the aphidophagous Toxomerus marginatus (Say) and Sphaerophoria contigua Macquart and the detritivorous Syritta pipiens (L.). Most fly species evidently visited only a few plant species. These findings may have important implications for research in pollination ecology and insect behavior and for use of fly species as agents of conservation biological control.
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Database assignments for author(s): John F. Tooker, Martin Hauser

Research topic(s) for pests/diseases/weeds:
biocontrol - natural enemies
Research topic(s) for beneficials or antagonists:
environment/habitat manipulation


Pest and/or beneficial records:

Beneficial Pest/Disease/Weed Crop/Product Country Quarant.


Lespesia archippivora (parasitoid) U.S.A. (mid N)
Exorista mella (parasitoid) U.S.A. (mid N)
Winthemia quadripustulata (parasitoid) U.S.A. (mid N)
Ocyptamus fuscipennis (predator) U.S.A. (mid N)
Syrphus ribesii (predator) U.S.A. (mid N)
Mesograpta marginata (predator) U.S.A. (mid N)
Lespesia aletiae (parasitoid) U.S.A. (mid N)
Pseudodorus clavatus (predator) U.S.A. (mid N)
Acemya tibialis (parasitoid) U.S.A. (mid N)
Trichopoda pennipes (parasitoid) U.S.A. (mid N)
Toxomerus geminatus (predator) U.S.A. (mid N)
Belvosia bifasciata (parasitoid) U.S.A. (mid N)
Gonia capitata (parasitoid) U.S.A. (mid N)
Lespesia frenchi (parasitoid) U.S.A. (mid N)
Linnaemya comta (parasitoid) U.S.A. (mid N)
Nemorilla pyste (parasitoid) U.S.A. (mid N)
Peleteria robusta (parasitoid) U.S.A. (mid N)
Allograpta obliqua (predator) U.S.A. (mid N)
Archytas californiae (parasitoid) U.S.A. (mid N)
Eupeodes americanus (predator) U.S.A. (mid N)
Lixophaga variabilis (parasitoid) U.S.A. (mid N)
Melanostoma mellinum (predator) U.S.A. (mid N)
Copecrypta ruficauda (parasitoid) U.S.A. (mid N)
Plagiomima spinosula (parasitoid) U.S.A. (mid N)
Syrphus torvus (predator) U.S.A. (mid N)