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Official Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society of Africa
1999, Metamorphosis Volume 10, Issue 1: 24 - 30
Publication Date : 1999-03-31
Author/s : Jason G.H. Londt

Title :

Butterfly predation by Robber Flies (Diptera: Asilidae)

Abstract :

Predation of Lepidoptera, and in particular butterflies, is reported on after the analysis of database records held at the Natal Museum. Of 138 lepidopteran records 81 relate to butterflies.  A complete list of butterfly species known to have been attacked and fed upon by robber flies is provided.  The range and size of butterflies involved suggests that robber flies are probably capable of catching virtually any butterfly.  Attention is drawn to the need to study all aspects of butterfly ecology in the interests of establishing truly effective conservation programmes.

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Keywords:

Afrotropical, database, Asilidae, robber flies, predation, butterflies, conservation.

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