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Platycheirus clypeatus

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

Platycheirus clypeatus (Meigen, 1822)

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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 clypeatus (Meigen, 1822)

Biology: The early stages of this common species require further investigation. Larvae are rarely found at aphid colonies, and may be generalised predators within the litter layer. Since the splitting of this species complex by Speight & Goeldlin (1990) and Goeldlin et al. (1990), P. clypeatus sensu stricto remains by far the most frequently recorded. It is found in all sorts of grassy situations, but most abundantly in damp grassland including pond, stream and ditch margins. Adults fly low down amongst tall vegetation and are easily found by sweeping. They also visit a wide range of flowers including sedges and grasses

Distribution: Of the segregates from the P. clypeatus complex, this remains by far the commonest and most widespread, occurring throughout Britain
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