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Rhingia rostrata

 
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 22, 2006 6:05 pm    Post subject: Rhingia rostrata Reply with quote

Just been out and about in south Shropshire - Wyre Forest area and nearby. I have recorded my third Shropshire site for Rhingia rostrata. This fly certainly seems to be spreading, so it's well worth looking out for bright orange Rhingias.

Also seen today - four Criorhina ranunculi around around a single blackthorn bush, and later on two more on sallow at a different location (that's more C. ranunculi than I have previously seen before in my life)!

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Nigel Jones Very Happy

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Roger K.A. Morris



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 23, 2006 3:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Nigel

This is really quite an early date and something of a surprise, especially with recent weather.

I found Criorhina ranunculi at a couple of sites yesterday and do find it in numbers from time to time.

Thank goodness the season is moving at last. However I reckon it is at least ten days behind last year. What this will mean is uncertain, but I suspect we will see a fair burst of new activity this week.

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PostPosted: Tue May 09, 2006 8:02 am    Post subject: So many Reply with quote

hi,

I am amazed by the amount of R.rostrata you've found recently (and even in the past)!

Here in Belgium and the Netherlands this specie is still only found basically in the beginning of last century.

What are the habitats you find them in? Was there a change in the agricultural environment recently as I always though this was the reason of it's disappearances over here?

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PostPosted: Tue May 09, 2006 5:10 pm    Post subject: Rhingia rostrata Reply with quote

Hi,
I too am amazed at finding three separate sites in 12 months, after never seeing the species in twenty years! All the sites I have encountered it in have been damp woodland sites, with plenty of flowers. The species does seem to be on the increase in my part of Britain, with recorders in a neighbouring county, Worcestershire, finding a number of sites last year as well.

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