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Epistrophe eligans

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

Epistrophe eligans (Harris, [1780])

Identification ease/difficulty: 1

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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 eligans (Harris, 1780) Syrphus eligans Harris ( bifasciatus Fabricius) in Coe (1953)

Biology: The larvae is aphidophagous, and mainly arboreal, but also found on shrubs and sometimes Rubus. Adults are characteristically found in the spring, hovering around, and visiting the flowers of trees and bushes, particularly Prunus spinosa and Crataegus. Males hover singly, or in small groups, beneath the branches of mature trees. Woodland edges, scrub, orchards, mature hedgerows and larger gardens with well established trees are likely localities

Distribution: A characteristic early spring species throughout England and Wales, becoming scarcer in the extreme north of England and with only a few records from the southern half of Scotland
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