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|The females lay their eggs singly, in clusters or in rows on their forage crops. Some species hide their eggs in holes in leaves, stems or twigs. Others cover their eggs with feces. The Donaciinae live both on water as well as on water plants. Here is the egg laying in a kind of jelly. The eggs are laid in rows on leaves. The larvae bore their heads in roots, stems or leaves and suck out the plant juices.|
|Adult longhorn beetles feed on pollen, flower parts or tree juices. Some species prefer tree bark or leaves and the stems of cabbage plants. Other species donít eat anything or are predatory. The life span of an adult longhorn beetle is anything up to 90 days, in many species less than 1 month.|
|... the ground beneath lime and mallow family (rosemallow, Althaea, Malva), where they encountered their hundreds. Firebugs suck to the falling seeds of these plants. In addition, they nourish the seeds of the black locust. In addition the animals suck stems and leaves of herbaceous plants, sometimes on eggs of insects, dead insects and vertebrates. Cannibalism in these animals also is possible.|
|They suck the juices from various plants, including Umbelliferae, hogweed and cow parsley.
Mating usually occurs in spring, but sometimes in summer. The females lay their eggs (by gluing them) in small groups on leaves and stems. After 8 - 10 days the larvae hatch and are guarded for a while. (sounds a bit vague) Graphosoma lineatum overwinter as adults. |
|In spring, a nest is founded by a young queen. The nest is made from wood, which is taken from dry or rotten plant stems, chewed and then bonded with saliva. The nests are often found in buildings, garages, sheds or blindboxes. When finished, nests consist of about 50 cells. They have no protective outer surface. Up to 30 workers live in a single nest. At the end of J...|
|...er about two weeks. The larvae feed on dead parts of plants or rotting fruits. They mainly eat the microorganisms which are involved in the decomposition of plant materials. The larvae of other species are omnivorous and eat their way through plant stems or leaves. Others live off fungal cultures or prey on omnivorous insects. Drosophilidae reproduce several times a year.|
|The larvae suck the juices from leaf stems and leaves. In a later stage of development they swop to flowers and grass seeds. The larvae become adults from July on and overwinter in soil, leaf litter or dry grass. |
|...gare), feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium), golden marguerite (Anthemis tinctoria) and yarrow (Achillea millefolium).
Hylaeus reproduce either once or several times a year. The females lay their eggs in nests, which are constructed in hollow plant stems, dead wood or often in the galleries of beetles or other insects. After oviposition (egg laying) the nest is sealed. The larvae overwinter in the nests. Wasps of the family Gasteruptionidae are natural enemies of Hylaeus as their larvae feed on...|
|...ntana can be confused with the Tetragnatha extensa and the Tetragnatha pinicola. Tetragnatha montana prefer to live in the shade of vegetation or in sufficiently moist habitats near water. They are found on trees, shrubs, herbaceous plants or reed stems, in the vicinity of rivers, streams, lakes, ponds, pools or ditches. Even moorland, swamps and lowland forests serve as habitats.|
|...sible in February. They feed on flies and mosquitoes. It is for this purpose that they build small orb-webs (an upright web formed of threads radiating from a central point, crossed by radial links that spiral in from the edge) between branches and stems. The Tetragnatha montana lies stretched out, outside its web, waiting for the prey. If an insect flies into the web , the spider injects it with poison and the poison turns the insides of the prey into fluid. The insect is then tied up like a p...|