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Species Account for Paragus albifrons

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Paragus albifrons  (Fallén, 1817)
Diptera: Syrphidae: Syrphidae

Paragus albifrons male 2 Copyright: Peter Harvey

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National status: RDB2
Essex RDB: Listed
Threat: Essex Endangered

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Paragus albifrons male 2
Paragus albifrons male 2
Paragus albifrons male 1
Paragus albifrons male 1

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Taxonomic group: hoverflies (Diptera: Syrphidae) - Part county data   
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Essex Red Data List comment
Known in Essex from one specimen caught at Shoeburyness on Ministry of Defence land and one male at Canvey Northwick. The very few British records have all been coastal and most of them have been in the Thames area.

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This hoverfly is a rare species, with very few records. The most recent records come from the Thames Marshes (in both Essex and Kent) and Hythe (Hampshire). The larvae feed on a range of ground layer and arboreal aphids and have been found on Cirsium arvense, Carduus and Onopordon. Adults are secretive and hard to find, but have generally been taken in coastal localities, including flood embankments around grazing marsh and coastal shingle, flying within stands of taller grasses etc, along the edges of paths and in clearings (Ball & Morris, 2000). References

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


Broad Habitat Data (based on 3 records with habitat information)

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

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 3 records with habitat detail and method information)

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