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Cheilosia fraterna

 
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PostPosted: Sat May 28, 2005 5:39 pm    Post subject: Cheilosia fraterna Reply with quote

Cheilosia fraterna (Meigen, 1830)

NomenclatureIdentification ease/difficulty: 3

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PostPosted: Sun May 29, 2005 8:40 am    Post subject: Species account from the Provisional atlas Reply with quote

Species account from Provisional atlas of British hoverflies, Ball & Morris, 2000.

Cheilosia fraterna (Meigen, 1830) Includes Cheilosia species C sensu Stubbs & Falk, 1983

Biology: The larvae mine the stems and basal rosettes of Cirsium palustre. Adults are often seen visiting flowers such as Ranunculus in situations where the larval food plant occurs, such as marshes and damp meadows. According to Speight (1998) this is a woodland species found in clearings, often along streams or rivers

Distribution: Although widely distributed and frequent, this species seems to be more abundant in the north and west. The specimen described as Cheilosia species C of Stubbs & Falk (1983), seems to be a particularly small individual from the second generation of this species (Falk quoted in Stubbs, 1996)
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