Platycheirus angustatus

Platycheirus angustatus (Zetterstedt, 1843)

Biology & ecology:

The larva feeds on aphids within the ground layer. Found in damp grassland situations such as marsh, fen and seasonally flooded, unimproved grassland. Adults fly low down amongst tall, emergent vegetation and are usually found by sweeping. Visits a range of flowers including the flower heads of sedges, plantains and grasses.

Distribution:

Widespread and common throughout Britain.

Status & conservation:

Frequency of occurrence shows a non-significant decline.

Recorded from 960 hectads since 1990.