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Species Account for Empis decora

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Empis decora  Meigen, 1822
Diptera: other groups: Empididae

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National status: Scarce

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Taxonomic group: flies (other) (Diptera: other groups) - County data   
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Essex Red Data List comment
Recorded from 4 out of 57x10km.sq. records in county

Species text
Empis decora is a widespread, but localised, species for which there are seven recorded post-1960 sites across the known range, chiefly in southern England. There are four previous records in south Essex (D.A. Smith 2002 County data). Although there appears to be an association with coastal marshes, there are also records from inland sites, including wetlands and woodland. The biology is unknown; however, larvae of this genus have been reared from a variety of situations, including damp soil, damp wood and occasionally fungi, where they are predatory. The adults are also predaceous on other small insects. A high, stable water level should be maintained in wetlands and a mosaic of habitats, including pools, ditches and their marginal vegetation (Falk & Crossley, 2005). References

Species text last edited on Tue Mar 20th 2007 by user 3


Broad Habitat Data (based on 11 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 1 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 2 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 4 records with habitat detail and method information)

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