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#1 2013-01-20 03:54:39

Richard Dickson
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Bibio pomonae: how unusual for mid-Hampshire?

Peter Thomson sent me this photo. He observed that there were only two old records for the species in Hampshire and asked me what its current status here is. From the last Bulletin I see we don't have a study or recording group for Bibionidae, so am floating this as an open enquiry to anyone who knows.  I can say that I've been recording Bibionidae in South Hampshire for a few years and have never seen it.

It was photographed near East Tisted on 1st July last year.

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#2 2013-01-20 04:00:52

Richard Dickson
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Re: Bibio pomonae: how unusual for mid-Hampshire?

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#3 2013-01-20 16:09:48

Jim Jobe
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Re: Bibio pomonae: how unusual for mid-Hampshire?

Looking at the NBN Gateway distribution map, I am surprised at the paucity of records for this species which I have always considered to be quite common, at least here in N.Yorkshire. I think this might be a wake-up call for recorders like myself!
Photo shows one in my house here in Ripon (SE304697) last Nov.14th.


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#4 2013-01-20 17:41:42

Howard Bentley
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Re: Bibio pomonae: how unusual for mid-Hampshire?

It is scarce in the south-east - I've never come across it in Kent. Very much a northern and western species, I think.

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#5 2013-01-20 22:35:36

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Re: Bibio pomonae: how unusual for mid-Hampshire?

Richard,

I've mostly seen pomonae while on holiday in northern and western parts, but have had it once in Berkshire and once in Oxfordshire.

I suspect the lack of records on the NBN Gateway says more about the lack of a recording scheme to collate the data than about either the fly's distribution or the effort of individual recorders!

Martin


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#6 2013-01-21 01:40:47

Richard Dickson
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Re: Bibio pomonae: how unusual for mid-Hampshire?

Dear Jim, Howard and Martin,
Thank you for your input. So it seems as though it is a good record for Hampshire, and at the southern/eastern end of its range,  but that there is insufficient information to say exactly how good it is.
Much appreciated: I can now say something half intelligent to the recorder!.
Richard

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#7 2013-01-21 21:56:46

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Re: Bibio pomonae: how unusual for mid-Hampshire?

B pomonae is characteristic of upland moorlands according to the Dipterists Handbook (p 190 and Plate 11 Fig 6), and can be seen swarming above Calluna heath.

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#8 2013-01-23 01:12:15

Richard Dickson
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Re: Bibio pomonae: how unusual for mid-Hampshire?

I'll dream of the day it can be seen swarming above Calluna heath on my turf!  Thanks.

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