DNA barcoding applied: identifying the larva of Merodon avidus (Diptera: Syrphidae)
Snežana Radenković, Jelena Preradović, Mihajla Dan, Dragana Obreht, Branko Šikoparija, Andrijana Andrić, Celeste Pérez-Banón, Ante Vujić
The immature stages of phytophagous hoverflies and their plant hosts are mostly unknown. This paper describes the larva of Merodon avidus Rossi, 1790 (Diptera: Syrphidae), based on material collected from Đerdap National Park in Serbia. Larvae were found in the bulbs of Ornithogalum L. (Hyacinthaceae) and in the surrounding soil. DNA barcoding was used to identify the species and scanning electron microscopy was used to describe the morphological characteristics of Merodon avidus. Reared material previously identified as Merodon constans (Rossi, 1794) is shown to belong to M. hurkmansi Marcos-García, Vujić & Mengual, 2007.