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Melanostoma scalare

 
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PostPosted: Sat May 28, 2005 5:39 pm    Post subject: Melanostoma scalare Reply with quote

Melanostoma scalare (Fabricius, 1794)

Identification ease/difficulty: 2

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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.

Melanostoma scalare (Fabricius, 1794)

Biology: Although the larvae have been reared on aphids in the laboratory, their normal habits in the field remain unknown. They are suspected, however, to be general predators in leaf litter. Occurs in a variety of open grassy situations, preferring damper places. Adults are found flying low down amongst ground vegetation and visiting a wide range of flowers, including anaemophilus flowers such as graminae and Plantago

Distribution: Widespread and common in grassy situations throughout Britain, but not normally found in mountainous or moorland locations
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