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#1 2014-09-16 00:52:32

Petefly1
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Name: Pete Grainger
From: Bodmin
Registered: 2009-09-28
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Merzomyia westermanni

Hi Laurence/anyone, I collected a few specimens of this species in a park in Somerset last month. Can anyone give me an update on it's rarity - is it still quite uncommon? Cheers
Pete

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#2 2014-09-16 12:38:26

conopid
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Name: Nigel Jones
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Re: Merzomyia westermanni

In my experience, it certainly seems to have spread across parts of the UK, but none the less is usually a local species. I am in Shropshire.
I expect Laurence can give more detail?


Nigel Jones
Shropshire

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#3 2014-09-17 20:11:20

JohnShowers
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Name: John Showers
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Re: Merzomyia westermanni

We have had one or two records in Northants but by no means regular.

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#4 2014-09-17 21:18:14

andrewsi25
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Name: Ian Andrews
From: Pocklington, East Yorkshire
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Re: Merzomyia westermanni

Plenty of them on Hoary Ragwort at Easington, just up from Spurn Point in East Yorkshire, a month ago.

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#5 2014-09-27 17:43:57

Petefly1
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Name: Pete Grainger
From: Bodmin
Registered: 2009-09-28
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Re: Merzomyia westermanni

Thanks for your comments folks. I'm particularly interested as I collected this species at a site in Somerset and from the locations on the NBN Gateway it looks like it is the most westerly record so far! Laurence - any comments?
Regards

Pete

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#6 2015-08-05 13:51:55

DaveSlade
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Name: David Slade
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Re: Merzomyia westermanni

We had several of this species in Cardiff a couple of weeks ago. As far as we can tell these are the first Welsh records unless Laurence can tell us otherwise?

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#7 2015-08-13 11:47:24

Laurence Clemons
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Name: Laurence Clemons
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Re: Merzomyia westermanni

DaveSlade wrote:

We had several of this species in Cardiff a couple of weeks ago. As far as we can tell these are the first Welsh records unless Laurence can tell us otherwise?

I've had no records from Wales. The most south-westerly record to date is from Pete Grainger at Burnham-on-Sea ST34 VC 6 on 20 July 2014.

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