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5 May 2021 ROBBER FLIES (DIPTERA: ASILIDAE) AS PREDATORS OF HARVESTER ANT WORKERS (HYMENOPTERA: FORMICIDAE: POGONOMYRMEX) IN EASTERN NEW MEXICO AND WEST TEXAS
Darren A. Pollock
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Abstract

Three species of robber flies (Asilidae) are recorded as preying on workers of Pogonomyrmex harvester ants in eastern New Mexico and western Texas: Cerotainiops abdominalis, Saropogon combustus, and Saropogon pritchardi. Of 379 prey records for C. abdominalis, 66% were Pogonomyrmex workers. Two species of Saropogon were collected in association with a large number of harvester ant workers: S. combustus (40% of 263 prey records) and S. pritchardi (94% of 288 prey records). All three species show a statistical preference for Hymenoptera, specifically for harvester ant workers, and avoidance of Diptera, Hemiptera, Lepidoptera, and Orthoptera prey. A brief review of invertebrate predators of Pogonomyrmex workers is given, with emphasis on asilid predators. For the three asilid predators mentioned in the article, seasonality, observed behaviors, and a list of known prey taxa are included.

Darren A. Pollock "ROBBER FLIES (DIPTERA: ASILIDAE) AS PREDATORS OF HARVESTER ANT WORKERS (HYMENOPTERA: FORMICIDAE: POGONOMYRMEX) IN EASTERN NEW MEXICO AND WEST TEXAS," The Southwestern Naturalist 65(1), 19-27, (5 May 2021). https://doi.org/10.1894/0038-4909-65.1.3
Received: 10 December 2018; Accepted: 28 December 2020; Published: 5 May 2021
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