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The attractiveness of flowers of Cruciferae for the aphidophagous Syrphidae

Andrzej Wnuk, Elżbieta Wojciechowicz-Żytko

Department of Plant Protection
Faculty of Horticulture, Agricultural University
29 Listopada 54, 31-425 Kraków, Poland

1561 syrphids were captured from the flowers of 8 wild crucifers growing in the vicinity of cultivated brassicas. 16 aphidophagous species were collected, the most abundant being the following: Episyrphus balteatus (Deg.), Melanostoma mellinum (L.), Metasyrphus corollae (F.), Sphaerophoria scripta (L.), Sphaerophoria menthastri (L.). The flowers of Sisymbrium officinale (L.) were the most attractive for the adult syrphids.

Wnuk A., Wojciechowicz-Żytko E., 1991. The attractiveness of flowers of Cruciferae for the aphidophagous Syrphidae. Folia Horticulturae III/2: 29-36.