Cheilosia ranunculi

Cheilosia ranunculi Doczkal, 2000

Nomenclature:

This species and C. albitarsis were separated by Doczkal (2000).

Biology & ecology:

There is currently very little information on the biology of this species. The larva is unknown, although it has been suggested that there is an association with Lesser Celandine Ranunculus ficaria.

Distribution:

This is a southern species that mainly occurs south of the Tees and seems to be scarce in northern England. It was added to the Scottish list by Rotheray & Wilkinson (2010) who listed some old records from as far north as Edinburgh based on re-examination of specimens in the collections of the National Museum of Scotland.

Status & conservation:

The plot of proportion of records received is for C. albitarsis and C. ranunculi combined. Recorded from 175 hectads since 1985.

Recorded from 187 hectads since 1990.