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Species Account for Sphaerophoria taeniata

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Sphaerophoria taeniata  (Meigen, 1822)
Diptera: Syrphidae: Syrphidae

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Essex RDB: Listed
Threat: Essex Threatened

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Taxonomic group: hoverflies (Diptera: Syrphidae) - Part county data   
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Essex Red Data List comment
4 recent sites, all in the west of the county (incl. Anchor Field, W. Thurrock 2002). There is also an un-checked record from Danbury.

Species text
Sphaerophoria taeniata is a scarce hoverfly in Essex. When the provisional Essex Red Data list was prepared, there were only 3 recent sites, all in the extreme west of the county, as well as an un-checked record from Danbury. P.R. Harvey has subsequently collected the species from a number of other sites in the south and southwest of the county. Nationally there is a very strong concentration of records in the southern counties of England, especially Surrey, West Sussex and Berkshire. There are relatively few records north of the Thames, except for a cluster in the Brecks. The species prefers wet meadows, often with such plants as rushes and lesser spearwort, and it is not unusual to find the it in numbers on ruderal ground in the presence of mayweeds (Stubbs & Falk 2002). References

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


Broad Habitat Data (based on 26 records with habitat information)

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Structural Habitat Data (based on 27 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 27 records with habitat detail and method information)

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