Species Account for Neoitamus cyanurus
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Taxonomic group: soldier flies and allies (Diptera: Larger Brachycera) - County data
Essex Red Data List comment
Recorded from Epping Forest, Brentwood, Hadleigh Great Wood and Thurrock.
This robberfly has a wide distribution from southern England to the Moray Firth area of Scotland. It is generally a woodland species, especially ancient woods, where it is most usually found on foliage along woodland rides. Small moths appear to be the favoured prey (Stubbs & Drake, 2001). In Essex prior to 1970 this woodland species had only been recorded in Epping Forest and 'Colchester' (Harwood, 1903), but since then there have been occasional records from a number of scattered localities. References