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Meliscaeva auricollis

 
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PostPosted: Sat May 28, 2005 5:39 pm    Post subject: Meliscaeva auricollis Reply with quote

Meliscaeva auricollis (Meigen, 1822)

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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.

Meliscaeva auricollis (Meigen, 1822) Syrphus auricollis Meigen in Coe (1953)

Biology: The larvae can be found feeding on aphids on shrubs such as Berberis and Sarothamnus, and also on the flowers and stems of white umbells. They have also been found with the psyllid Psylla alni on Alnus glutinosa. Typically found near trees(deciduous and coniferous) along woodland rides and edges, large hedgerows, in mature gardens, etc. Adults are found at a wide range of flowers, but are perhaps equally frequently seen settled on sunlit foliage. Males hover over tracks and around projecting, sunlit branches of trees

Distribution: Common and widely distributed in the south, becoming scarcer further north, but recorded from Scotland
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