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Portevinia maculata

 
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yorkie in fod



Joined: 02 Sep 2009
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PostPosted: Fri May 31, 2013 3:19 pm    Post subject: Portevinia maculata Reply with quote

I saw 3 of this species today 31st May at Clanna Woods, West Gloucs SO584023. Lots of ramsons are currently in flower. It's only the second time I've seen this species and the first time in my home county of Gloucestershire.

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Ian Andrews



Joined: 08 Aug 2007
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Location: Pocklington, East Yorkshire

PostPosted: Fri May 31, 2013 5:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Snap! I visited a known site for them local to me, today, and could not believe how many there were. It was nice to see some females, too, as they normally are hard to see, staying low down amongst the stems. It must be the peak time for them, at the moment, then.

Ian
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Andrew Cunningham



Joined: 01 Jan 2012
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PostPosted: Fri May 31, 2013 8:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Atlas shows few dots around Tiverton so I checked out a few sites with Ramsons and also found them in good numbers.

I have also been finding Brachyopa bicolor in the same sites. On sunny tree bases, often when there is a large fern next to them for the flies to alight on.

Still got several pinned Brachyopa to determine so might be others in them yet.

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Andrew.
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Roger K.A. Morris



Joined: 06 Nov 2005
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 01, 2013 6:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

At this time of year there is a good chance of finding Portevinia wherever Ransoms grow - do make a note as I am sure it is commoner than the maps suggest.

I am currently in Whitby - decided that the Gill Woodlands of . Yorks needed surveying for this sp and others - but the weather is not quite what the forecast on the B weather chart suggested!

Good hunting

Roger
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Willskip



Joined: 17 Oct 2012
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 02, 2013 5:14 am    Post subject: Portevinia maculata Reply with quote

Hi Roger,
I found Portevinia maculata on 31 May 2013 at NY468 532, Wetheral Woods near Carlisle, north Cumbria, VC 70.
This woodland has very large amounts of Ramsoms. Despite this and lovely weather I only managed to see 5 or 6.
Regards,

Bill O'Brien
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