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Epistrophe melanostoma

 
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PostPosted: Sat May 28, 2005 5:39 pm    Post subject: Epistrophe melanostoma Reply with quote

Epistrophe melanostoma (Zetterstedt, 1843)

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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.

Epistrophe melanostoma (Zetterstedt, 1843)

Biology: The larvae of this species remain undescribed, but other members of the genus are aphidophagous, associated mainly with trees, shrubs and tall herbs. Adults have been found where grassland, woodland and scrub occur together, and in woodland clearings where they visit flowers. Adults fly extremely rapidly (Speight, 1988a)

Distribution: Recently added to the British list. This species was first caught in Surrey in 1986 (Beuk, 1990), and seems to be spreading. The occurrence of the species in Britain was predicted by Speight (1988a), and separation from other British members of the genus is dealt with by Speight (1988a) and Stubbs (1996)
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