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#1 2011-07-10 23:06:09

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Name: Array Array
Registered: 2011-07-10
Posts: 2

sicus etc

It is possible to state a habitat for particular Conopids such as Sicus abdominalis. This species has been taken in the UK as well as in France etc. However no information about the location habitat seems to be recorded. Another rare UK species is Leopoldius brevirostris again habitat does not seem to be recorded. I do not care about the actual location itself (we have at least one record from the Dorset coast (probably an immigrant)) but the actual habitat would be useful, even if this is for continental specimens only.



#2 2011-07-12 13:20:26

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Name: Martin Harvey
From: Buckinghamshire
Registered: 2008-02-27
Posts: 260

Re: sicus etc

For what it is worth I can provide details for the one time I've seen L. brevirostris, but would prefer to know who you are and what you want the information for!

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#3 2013-01-24 00:41:02

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Name: Dave Clements
Registered: 2010-11-20
Posts: 3

Re: sicus etc

For Sicus ferrugineus in the UK the habitat appears to be any sunlit and flower-rich site where there are lots of Apoidea, particularly Bombus.  Woodland rides, roadside verges, tall species-rich grassland, meadows, emergent wetland vegetation and flowering ivy all feature as capture sites for this species.  The known host range is quite wide.  Sicus abdominalis is of such rare occurrence that I cannot make any sensible guesses about its likely habitat preferences.

Leopoldius brevirostris is an uncommon species in the UK but shows a clear preference for woodland situations, usually flying in mid-summer.  Woodland rides, woodland edges and traps under canopy all feature as capture locations.  The host is unknown, but may be vespine.  This contrasts markedly with the commoner L signatus which overwhelmingly gets taken in late summer/autumn in sunlit situations with abundant vespid wasps, the main known host.  Flowering ivy (in almost any sunlit location) is the classic capture site.



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