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Species Account for Phthiria pulicaria

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Phthiria pulicaria  (Mikan, 1796)
Diptera: Larger Brachycera: Bombyliidae

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



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Taxonomic group: soldier flies and allies (Diptera: Larger Brachycera) - County data   
 
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Essex Red Data List comment
Restricted to dunes. Recorded from Colne Point.

Species text
This tiny bee fly is recorded widely on sandy coastal areas of Britain. It is locally abundant on many sand dunes with some 25 known post 1960 sites. In Essex the species has only been recorded at Colne Point, where P.R. Harvey collected it in 1990 and 2004 in some numbers. Larvae have been reported to be parasitoids of the caterpillars of a micro-moth (Gelechiidae), but it is certain that other hosts are used (Stubbs & Drake 2001). Adults recorded from June to August and characteristically visit the flowers of various low hawkweed-type composites. References

Species text last edited on Thu Dec 9th 2010 by user 3

Habitats

Broad Habitat Data (based on 17 records with habitat information)

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Structural Habitat Data (based on 11 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 11 records with habitat detail and method information)

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