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Neoascia podagrica

 
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PostPosted: Sat May 28, 2005 5:39 pm    Post subject: Neoascia podagrica Reply with quote

Neoascia podagrica (Fabricius, 1775)

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.

Neoascia podagrica (Fabricius, 1775)

Biology: The small, semi-aquatic larvae have been found in wet manure in a farmyard, cow-dung and wet compost. They seem to be able to utilise a wide range of situations where highly enriched, semi-aquatic conditions are present. Adults can be found in any habitat where there is lush vegetation, typically in hedgerows, woodland edge, gardens (where it is presumably breeding in compost heaps) and around the margins of water. They are typically found by sweeping, but will visit a wide range of flowers. Males hover near to flowers in bloom

Distribution: A widespread and very common species
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