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Species Account for Frontina laeta

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Frontina laeta  (Meigen, 1824)
Diptera: other groups: Tachinidae

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National status: RDB3

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Taxonomic group: flies (other) (Diptera: other groups) - County data   
Frontina laeta on Tachinid Recording Scheme website
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Essex Red Data List comment
Recorded from 1 out of 57x10km.sq. records in county

Species text
There is no Recorder species account for this species or NBN Gateway map. Belshaw (1993) states that it is gregarious, with the main host the larvae of the Eyed Hawk-moth Smerinthus ocellata (Lepidoptera: Sphingidae). The JNCC Calypterate Review (1996) (from Tachinid Recording Scheme website) gives the distribution as southern England: Somerset, Dorset, Hants, Surrey, Middlesex, with only a single post-1960 record available (Hants, 1987) though it was found regularly on the Surrey and Dorset heaths in the 1940s and 1950s and may well remain there, undetected due to the general under recording in this group in recent decades. Most records are from heathland and grassland, possibly requiring areas of scrub or isolated trees and copses. References

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


Broad Habitat Data (based on 1 records with habitat information)

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Structural Habitat Data (based on 1 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 1 records with habitat detail and method information)

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