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Eriozona syrphoides

 
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PostPosted: Sat May 28, 2005 5:39 pm    Post subject: Eriozona syrphoides Reply with quote

Eriozona syrphoides (FallÚn, 1817)

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PostPosted: Sun May 29, 2005 8:41 am    Post subject: Species account from the Provisional atlas Reply with quote

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

Eriozona syrphoides (FallÚn, 1817)

Biology: The larvae are aphidophagous, and usually associated with mature conifers ( Abies, Picea). In Czechoslovakia, they have been found feeding on the aphid Cinara pineae in established (40 year old) Picea plantations. Adults are usually found visiting flowers along rides or edges in conifer plantations, but they have also been found in deciduous woodland. Males hover in dappled sunshine beneath the canopy

Distribution: This species was first reported from Snowdonia in 1968, but an earlier specimen (from Lancaster in 1957) was subsequently located. Recent records are widely scattered throughout northern and western Britain. The species is probably spreading in conifer plantations and likely to be found more widely in future. There is a rather anomalous record of a specimen found dead on a pavement in the centre of Coventry in 1982 (Palmer, 1985); it is possible that this was a road casualty carried by a vehicle from a more typical habitat
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