Episyrphus balteatus

Episyrphus balteatus (syn. Epistrophe balteata(Syrphidae)

The marmelade fly Episyrphus balteatus is common in central Europe, where it is used to control aphid pests in greenhouses. Only the larvae feed on aphids; the adults feed on pollen. The estimated genome size of both E. balteatus sexes is approximately 530 Mb (based on flow cytometry data; Spencer Johnston & Urs Schmidt-Ott, unpublished). The photography shows a male and was taken by Brian P. Valentine. Laboratory cultures have been established and life material can be purchased from Katz Biotech AG in Baruth, Germany. Protocols for in situ hybridization, antibody staining, RNAi and mRNA injection in embryos have been established. For Episyrphus protocols and data return to the home page.

Publications from the Schmidt-Ott lab:

- Lemke, S., Busch, S. E., Antonopoulos, D. A., Meyer, F., Domanus, M. H., Schmidt-Ott, U. (2010). Maternal activation of gap genes in the hover fly Episyrphus. Development 137: 1709-1719.

- Lemke, S., Schmidt-Ott, U. (2009) Evidence for a composite anterior determinant in Episyrphus balteatus, a cyclorrhaphan fly with an anterodorsal serosa anlage. Development 136: 117-128.

- Rafiqi, Ab. M., Lemke, S. L., Ferguson, S., Stauber, M., Schmidt-Ott, U. (2008). Evolutionary origin of the amnioserosa in cyclorrhapahan flies correlates with spatial and temporal expression changes of zen. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 105: 234-239.

- Bullock, S. L., Stauber, M., Prell, A., Hughes, J., Ish-Horowicz, D., Schmidt-Ott, U. (2004). Differential Cytoplasmic mRNA Localization Adjusts Pair-Rule Transcription Factor Activity to Cytoarchitecture in Dipteran Evolution. Development 131, 4251-4261.