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Hoverfly: Xanthogramma pedissequum

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Hoverfly: Xanthogramma pedissequum

This is a species that rests with its wings open which is unusual in hoverflies and it certainly helps with identification. Xanthogramma pedissequum is not a common species by any means and nor are the other two members of this genus.

These particular species are believed to lay their eggs in ants nests and so are usually found on low shrubs, such as bramble, on grassland where ants are present, especially the yellow meadow ant. They are predominantly a southern species and Dorset seems to be a good area for them.


 

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