Species Account for Philonicus albiceps
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Essex RDB: Listed
Threat: Essex Threatened
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Taxonomic group: soldier flies and allies (Diptera: Larger Brachycera) - County data
Essex Red Data List comment
Restricted to dunes. Recorded from Colne Point and Crabknowe Spit.
This robber fly is characteristic of coastal sand dunes, sitting on bare sand among marram and more rarely at sandy places inland. It is widespread on the coasts of England and Wales, but in Essex has only been recorded at Colne Point and Crabknowe Spit (south of Harwich). References