Essex Field Club on Facebook

Video about the Club

Bryotropha terrella
find out more... Bryotropha terrella Copyright: Ben Sale

Essex Field Club
Essex Field Club
registered charity
no 1113963
HLF Logo A-Z Page Index

Visit Our Centre

EFC Centre at Wat Tyler Country ParkIn January we are only open to the public at our centre at Wat Tyler Country Park on Wednesdays 10am-4pm.
Autumn recording Record Grey Squirrel Record Fly Agaric
Record Ivy Bee
Record Wild Teasel
Record Sloe, Blackthorn
Record Garden Spider Record Nigma walckenaeri spider

Species Account for Thereva plebeja

previous species | next species

Thereva plebeja  (Linnaeus, 1758)
Diptera: Larger Brachycera: Therevidae

Maps produced by MapMate®. Data overlays Copyright © Essex Field Club 2018.
Reproduction for study and non-profit use permitted, all other rights reserved.

Click on dot to query records

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

Additional Phenology Data


sorry, no pictures available for this species yet - if you have an image please upload it

Taxonomic group: soldier flies and allies (Diptera: Larger Brachycera) - County data   
Please report any problems with this record:
VC error
GR error
Taxon ID suspect
Structural habitat suspect
Other problems, please explain here:


Species text
Most records are for southern England but it has been found as far north as Shropshire and near Peterborough. It is clear that even up to the early 1960s it was not unduly scarce in the London area. However in recent years it has become something of a rarity. The decline closely resembles that undergone by many ground nesting aculeates and suggests that changing land use, and in particular reduced areas of disturbed, open habitat, may be largely responsible (Stubbs & Drake 2001). The limited habitat and site information suggests that a range of dry habitats, such as heathland, commons, ruderal and suburban situations can be exploited, with an association with disturbed and usually sandy soil, including that at the top of an estuarine shore. Areas of bare or sparsely vegetated, loose sand and soil should be maintained using mild forms of disturbance as necessary. At some sites, grazing may be important in producing correct situations, especially where limited poaching of the soil is occurring (Falk 1991a). References

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


Broad Habitat Data (based on 53 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 3 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 53 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 44 records with habitat detail and method information)

Recorded management for locations with Thereva plebeja

Recorded substrate and hydrology for locations with Thereva plebeja

Why not join the Club, register and add a new species page
Interpretation of distribution maps