Pelecocera tricincta

Pelecocera tricincta Meigen, 1822

Biology & ecology:

This is a heathland species that favours wetter heaths with cross-leaved heath Erica tetralix. The larva is unknown. Adults are flower visitors and can be found on yellow low-growing flowers such as Tormentil Potentilla erecta, Cats-ear Hypochoeris radicata, hawkbits Leontodon sp. and buttercups Ranunculus sp. along heathland rides and heath verge. On occasions, it can occur in numbers, but records more frequently refer to single individuals.

Distribution:

This is a southern species that is restricted to Devon, Dorset, Isle of Wight, South Hampshire, North Hampshire, West Gloucestershire, Surrey and East Sussex.

Status & conservation:

No obvious trend in frequency of occurrence, but the known range has expanded.

Recorded from 33 hectads since 1990.