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Sphaerophoria scripta

 
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PostPosted: Sat May 28, 2005 5:39 pm    Post subject: Sphaerophoria scripta Reply with quote

Sphaerophoria scripta (Linnaeus, 1758)

Identification ease/difficulty: 2

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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.

Sphaerophoria scripta (Linnaeus, 1758)

Biology: The larvae, which overwinter, feed on aphids and other small, soft-bodied Homoptera in the ground layer including various crop-aphids. It is found in open grassland, woodland edges, hedgerows, urban waste ground and gardens and, according too Speight(1998), tends to be coastal towards the northern edge of its European range and distinctly anthropogenic further south. Adults fly low down amongst, or just above, the vegetation and frequently visit flowers, especially Achillea, white umbels and yellow composites. However, many other flowers, including garden varieties, are utilised

Distribution: Very common and widespread in the lowlands of southern Britain, north to a line between the Humber and the Mersey. There are scattered records north to southern Scotland, but it is scarce, and may occur only as a migrant here
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