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Platycheirus occultus

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

Platycheirus occultus Goeldlin de Tiefenau Maibach & Speight, 1990

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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 occultus Goeldlin, Maibach & Speight, 1990

Biology: Larvae unknown. This is one of the species split from P. clypeatus by Speight & Goeldlin (1990) and Goeldlin et al. (1990), and as yet there are relatively few records. It is found in peaty wetlands including acid bog and moorland in the north and west; calcareous fen in eastern England; and wet heathland in southern-central England. Adults fly low down amongst lush vegetation and are usually found by sweeping, but also visit flowers

Distribution: Records received so far suggest that this is a widespread and locally abundant species in suitable habitats. It can occur at fairly high altitude on moorland in the north and west
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