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Melanostoma mellinum

 
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PostPosted: Sat May 28, 2005 5:39 pm    Post subject: Melanostoma mellinum Reply with quote

Melanostoma mellinum (Linnaeus, 1758)

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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.

Melanostoma mellinum (Linnaeus, 1758)

Biology: There are isolated observations of larval feeding on a wide range of prey species, including torpid adult flies Musca domestica and Paregle cinerella. They have been reared on aphids in the laboratory, but when these are not available they will readily take other prey, including Tortrix larvae, and even rotting chickweed! The normal habits of larvae in the field remain unknown, but they are suspected to be general predators in leaf litter, and are reported to be nocturnal. Occurs in a variety of grassy situations, preferring damp locations, and gravid females show a preference for shady places. Adults fly low among the vegetation and can be found visiting flowers, usually near ground level. Frequent at anaemophilus flowers such as graminae and Plantago

Distribution: One of the most abundant and widespread hoverflies throughout Britain, occurring in all types of grassy situation, including in the uplands, where it is often abundant in damp places such as flushes and damp meadows
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