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Platycheirus scambus

 
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PostPosted: Sat May 28, 2005 5:39 pm    Post subject: Platycheirus scambus Reply with quote

Platycheirus scambus (Staeger, 1843)

Identification ease/difficulty: 3

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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.

Platycheirus scambus (Staeger, 1843)

Biology: The larvae feed on aphids within the ground layer. Found in damp grassland including saltmarsh, poor fen and the fringes of marshes, often where there is some shelter from trees or scrub. Adults fly amongst stands of tall vegetation and are rarely found far from the edges of water. They will visit a wide range of flowers and males hover near flowering shrubs, such as Salix, near water

Distribution: Locally abundant in Scotland and northern England, and more widespread than was thought in the south, including the Midlands, west Wales and south-west England. Records from southern England need careful scrutiny as misidentification is possible
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