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Mesembrina meridiana (Mid-day Fly)

Synonyms: Mesembrina ingrica

Wikipedia Abstract

Mesembrina meridiana is a species of fly, sometimes known as the noon fly. It is widespread and common between late April and late October, particularly in cattle-rearing areas. It is a large black fly with orange colouration on the base of its wings, on the feet and the face. Adults are most often seen on cow dung, basking in open ground or visiting flowers to feed upon nectar. Eggs are laid in cow dung, the larvae are carnivorous, and feed on other fly larvae within the dung. The female lays up to five eggs in a lifetime, each one in a different pat, at two-day intervals .
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Prey / Diet

Tanacetum bipinnatum subsp. bipinnatum (Tansy)[1]

Prey / Diet Overlap



Europe: (incl. Corsica), (incl. ?Sicily), Russia: Asia: Mongolia, China; North Africa: ?Algeria;

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1Ecology of Commanster
2Predator-Prey Database for the family Asilidae (Hexapoda: Diptera) Prepared by Dr. Robert Lavigne, Professor Emeritus, University of Wyoming, USA and Dr. Jason Londt (Natal Museum, Pietermaritzburg)
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