Platycheirus rosarum

Platycheirus rosarum (Fabricius, 1787)

Biology & ecology:

P. rosarum occurs in wet meadows and in the lush vegetation fringing marshes, pond, lakes, etc. Larva unknown, but presumed to feed on aphids in wetland situations. Pupae have been found in fenland flood refuse. Adults fly amongst stands of tall vegetation such as rushes Juncus sp. and Common Reed Phragmites australis and frequently settle on the stems. They visit a wide range of flowers and males can be found hovering over more open areas. Generally occurs in the same habitats as P. granditarsus, and the two are often found together.


Very widespread but seemingly somewhat more regularly recorded in southern counties. There are definite gaps in distribution such as Lincolnshire and The Wash.

Status & conservation:

The frequency of occurrence has shown considerable variation, but there is no obvious long term trend.

Recorded from 852 hectads since 1990.