Platycheirus sticticus

Platycheirus sticticus (Meigen, 1822)

Biology & ecology:

The habitat preferences of adults are little known, but the species has been taken in rough grassland, along woodland edge and hedgerows up to 240m. Larval habits are also unrecorded.

Distribution:

Records are extremely widely scattered, suggesting that there are no obvious habitat affinities that might be recognised from biogeography. Although seemingly scarce, it may well be overlooked amongst commoner grey-marked Platycheirus species.

Status & conservation:

Trends suggest a decline in occurrence, but the number of records is very small and therefore we can have little confidence in this result.

Recorded from 38 hectads since 1990.