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Species Account for Merzomyia westermanni

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Merzomyia westermanni  (Meigen, 1826)
Diptera: other groups: Tephritidae

Merzomyia westermanni

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National status: Local
Essex RDB: Listed

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Merzomyia westermanni
Merzomyia westermanni

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Taxonomic group: flies (other) (Diptera: other groups) - County data   
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The species is scarce, with nearly all Essex records in the south of the county. Nationally it has a strongly southeastern distribution with almost all records south of a line between the Wash and Severn map in Clemons (2004). It is a gallfly, whose larvae form a gall in the flower head of Ragwort Senecio, especially Hoary Ragwort S. erucifolius. Infected plants are usually obvious because the swelling forces up groups of pappus hairs. 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 1 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 50 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 55 records with habitat detail and method information)

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