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Platycheirus scutatus

 
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PostPosted: Sat May 28, 2005 5:39 pm    Post subject: Platycheirus scutatus Reply with quote

Platycheirus scutatus (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.

Platycheirus scutatus (Meigen, 1822)

Biology: The larvae prey on a variety of aphid species on low growing plants, bushes and small trees. A species of woodland edge (both coniferous and deciduous) and scrub, including hedgerows, parks and mature gardens. Adults are usually found resting on sunlit vegetation or visiting a wide range of flowers in clearings, tacksides, etc. It is multiple brooded and has a long flight period

Distribution: The separation of P. splendens by Rotheray (1998) has shown that these two species have been confused and existing records of P scutatus are therefore suspect. However, records of adults from July onwards are likely to be true P. scutatus whilst earlier records are mixed. It appears likely that both are frequent and widespread, but P scutatus will still turn out to be one of our commonest species
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