Species Account for Micropeza lateralis
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Taxonomic group: flies (other) (Diptera: other groups) - County data
Essex Red Data List comment
Recorded from 5 out of 57x10km.sq. records in county
This stilt-legged fly is local in the south east, but rare elsewhere with about 30 known post-1960 sites. Its status has been revised from RARE (Shirt 1987). It is mainly found on heathland, usually preferring lush damper areas near trees and bushes or beside streams. A number of recent records state a close association with bushes of broom. The larvae possibly develop in leaf litter or soil and adults have been swept from foliage of broom and surrounding grasses (status review in preparation). References