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Sphaerophoria fatarum

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

Sphaerophoria fatarum Goeldlin de Tiefenau, 1989

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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 fatarum Goeldlin, 1989 Sphaerophoria abbreviata Zetterstedt in Kloet & Hincks (1976) and Stubbs & Falk (1983) - see Speight (1989)

Biology: Larvae unknown. It is usually found in open, heathy vegetation, and in the Scottish Highlands this is one of the characteristic species of wet areas on open moorland and heathland. It also occurs in heathy rides in conifer plantation and other woodland. Adults fly low down amongst the vegetation, and it is usually found by sweeping, but it will also visit flowers such as Potentilla erecta and Ranunculus

Distribution: S. abbreviata has recently been split; the true abbreviata is a Scandinavian species apparently confined to Lapland. British material is attributed to S. fatarum. This is a frequent species in Scotland and northern England where it is often the commonest member of the genus. It also occurs in Wales and on heathland in southern England, where it is scarce
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