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Sphaerophoria taeniata

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

Sphaerophoria taeniata (Meigen, 1822)

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.

Sphaerophoria taeniata (Meigen, 1822)

Biology: The larvae are unknown, but it has been reared from a puparium found on a Phragmites stem. It is generally found in rich, unimproved, damp grassland, often with Juncus, but also in open areas in damp woodland and scrub. Adults fly low amongst the vegetation and visit flowers such as Ranunculus and yellow composites

Distribution: A rather scarce and local species of southern Britain, with a few records in the Welsh borders, the fens of Anglesey and northern Scotland, including a recent record from north of Inverness
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