Species Account for Oxycera rara
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Essex RDB: Listed
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Taxonomic group: soldier flies and allies (Diptera: Larger Brachycera) - County data
Essex Red Data List comment
Probably small localised populations. Recorded from Barking Levels (now almost completely lost to development), Danbury, South Stifford, Walthamstow Marshes and Epping Forest.
It is fairly widespread in southern and midland England, scarcely extending further north before being replace by O. dives. In Essex there are probably small localised populations, and it has been recorded e.g. from Barking Levels (now almost completely lost to development), Danbury, South Stifford Walthamstow Marshes and Sandon. The larvae have been found in moss and on mud in open seepages associated with springs, and on wet mud at the margins of ponds and ditches. It is a species of open sunny places, where adults can normally be seen sitting on herbage or the sunlit foliage of nearby trees (Stubbs & Drake 2001). References