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Rhingia rostrata

 
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Roger K.A. Morris



Joined: 06 Nov 2005
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 17, 2008 8:57 pm    Post subject: Rhingia rostrata Reply with quote

Hi Folks

Worth keeping eyes open for R. rostrata in eastern England at the moment.

I had two females at Great Wakerley Woods and one male at Fermyn Woods today. All on knapweed.

Also a pair of V. inanis at Great Wakerley.

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Roger
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Tony White



Joined: 12 Mar 2006
Posts: 61
Location: Byfield, Northants

PostPosted: Mon Aug 18, 2008 9:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Roger,

I've yet to take this species. Is it still the general feeling that it has an association with badger setts? If so I've got a couple of likely sites to investigate - if it ever stops raining!

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John O'Sullivan



Joined: 05 Oct 2005
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Location: Sandy, Bedfordshire, UK

PostPosted: Mon Aug 18, 2008 7:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, Roger, they are back in Bedfordshire this year, too, with single females at The Lodge, Sandy, on 8th and 18th August. I haven't had a chance to check the local woods yet.

Today's individual was with two campestris (on Verbena bonarensis), and by comparison looked larger, distinctly greyer and more patterned on the thorax and, of course, much more orange on the abdomen. It stood out.

There are plenty of badgers in the area; but which bit of their latrines do you put the emergence traps over?!

Happy hunting all.

John
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Roger K.A. Morris



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 18, 2008 10:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi John

We don't know for certain about the role of badger latrines - an emergence trap over the gunge seems the best bet

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Roger
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