Species Account for Cheilosia velutina
Cheilosia velutina Loew, 1840
Diptera: Syrphidae: Syrphidae
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Essex RDB: Listed
Threat: Essex Threatened
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Taxonomic group: hoverflies (Diptera: Syrphidae) - Available county data
Essex Red Data List comment
Apart from a site in Colchester all recent records are from the Grays - Thurrock area from chalk pits and adjacent areas many of which are threatened by development.
Cheilosia velutina remains poorly known with very few confirmed records, mainly on the eastern side of Britain. Apart from a site in Colchester all recent records in Essex are from the chalk pits and adjacent areas of the Grays-Thurrock area in the East Thames Corridor, many of which are threatened by development (Payne in Harvey 2002a). The larval host may mine the stems of Cirsium, and adults are often found at the flowers of white umbels such as Carrot Daucus carota. References