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Essex Field Club
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We are normally open to the public at our centre at Wat Tyler Country Park every Saturday, Sunday and bank holiday between 11am and 4pm. We are also usually open on Wednesdays between 10am and 4pm.

Spring recording Record your Robin Record Common Frog Rana temporaria
Record Alexanders Smyrnium olusatrum Record Tawny Mining Bee Andrena fulva
Record Dark-edged Bee Fly Bombylius major
Record Spring Flower Bee Anthophora plumipes
Record cuckoo bee Melecta albifrons

Species Account for Pipizella virens

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Pipizella virens  (Fabricius, 1805)
Diptera: Syrphidae: Syrphidae

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National status: Scarce
Essex RDB: Listed
Threat: Regionally Important

Additional Phenology Data


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Taxonomic group: hoverflies (Diptera: Syrphidae) - Part county data   
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Species text
Much scarcer than Pipizella viduata, P. virens is largely restricted to the lowlands of south-east England, although there are a few records from northern England, south-west England and Wales. Larvae feed on wax secreting aphids at roots of Umbelliferae probably mainly on Anthriscus. On the continent, the larvae are reported to be associated with aphids on the roots of white umbels. Found in taller and lusher vegetation than P. viduata, in a range of situations including woodland and scrub edges, the fringes of wetlands, and clifftop and other coastal grassland. Adults stay close to the ground and will bask on sunlit leaves, but are sometimes found visiting taller flowers including white umbels (Ball & Morris 2000). References

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


Broad Habitat Data (based on 48 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 1 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 36 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 39 records with habitat detail and method information)

Recorded management for locations with Pipizella virens

Recorded substrate and hydrology for locations with Pipizella virens

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