Pelecocera scaevoides

Pelecocera scaevoides (Fallén, 1817)

Biology & ecology:

Nothing is known of the larval stages of this species. Adults are usually swept from heathy vegetation along footpaths and ride margins from coniferous woodland. Most sites involve Caledonian pine forests but some are plantations involving non-native species. Adults have been observed visiting Tormentil Potentilla erecta and Ragwort Senecio jacobaea flowers along the edges of such paths.

Distribution:

Occurs widely across the Highlands around the Cairngorms, and through Ross & Cromarty. Where it occurs, adults can be relatively abundant.

Status & conservation:

There has been a decline in reported occurrence over the past 35 years.

Recorded from 18 hectads since 1990.