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Melangyna labiatarum

 
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PostPosted: Sat May 28, 2005 5:39 pm    Post subject: Melangyna labiatarum Reply with quote

Melangyna labiatarum (Verrall, 1901)

Identification ease/difficulty: 4

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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.

Melangyna labiatarum (Verrall, 1901)

Biology: The larvae are aphidophagous, members of this genus appearing usually to have close associations with a particular, or narrow range of aphid species. Adults are usually found in woodland where they visit flowers, especially Heracleum and Angelica, in open glades and rides

Distribution: There is considerable confusion between this species and M. compositarum and many recorders do not attempt to separate them. This species is believed to have the more southerly distribution of the two, and is common in well-wooded lowland districts of England and Wales. There are scattered Scottish records, but their validity is open to question
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