Asilidae


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Asilidae

[ə′sil·ə‚dē]
(invertebrate zoology)
The robber flies, a family of predatory, orthorrhaphous, dipteran insects in the series Brachycera.
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Asilidae

 

(robber-flies), a family of insects of the order Diptera. The eyes are large, the proboscis is pointed, and the abdomen is long. Of the more than 4,700 known species, representatives of approximately 100 genera are found in the USSR, primarily in the steppes and deserts. The larvae live in the ground or in decaying wood, feeding on the larvae of other insects or on vegetation. The adults are predacious; they maintain the balance of nature by feeding on insects.

REFERENCE

Rikhter, V. A. Khischnye mukhi-ktyri (Diptera, Asilidae) Kavkaza. Leningrad, 1968.
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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