Lejogaster metallina

Description

A small metallic green hoverfly with comparatively large antennae.

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Habitat

Found in all types of open wetland habitats including wet meadows, marshes, fens and flushes (including mildly acidic conditions), especially where Juncus is abundant. Adults are frequently found visiting flowers, Ranunculus being especially favoured, usually close to breeding habitat

Life History

Larvae are aquatic and found amongst plant roots just below the water surface in slow flowing situations.

UK Status

A widespread and frequent species in suitable localities throughout Britain.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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Species profile

Species group:
Hoverflies
Kingdom:
Animalia
Order:
Diptera
Family:
Syrphidae
Records on NatureSpot:
2
First record:
18/05/2013 (Gould, David)
Last record:
21/05/2023 (Higgott, Mike)

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