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Platycheirus fulviventris

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

Platycheirus fulviventris (Macquart, 1829)

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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 fulviventris (Macquart, 1827-8)

Biology: The larvae feed on the aphid Hyalopterus pruni on monocotyledonous plants in wetlands. It is usually found in marshes, by ponds, ditches or slow flowing rivers, usually where lush vegetation such as Phragmites or Glyceria maxima occurs. Adults fly amongst stands of reeds and sedges frequently settling on the stems and will visit flowers of sedges, grasses and Plantago.

Distribution: This species is very local, though often abundant where it occurs. It is most frequent in the lowlands of south-east Britain, especially wetlands along the east coast of England, but it is also widely scattered in the north and west. It becomes increasingly scarce further north, but occurs in reasonable numbers in some wetland localities in south east Scotland (Stubbs, 1996)
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