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Species Account for Thereva plebeja

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

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

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Taxonomic group: soldier flies and allies (Diptera: Larger Brachycera) - County data   
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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

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