pun_logo

The Society for the study of flies (Diptera)

Affiliated to the British Entomological and Natural History Society (BENHS)

You are not logged in.

#1 2020-01-08 11:11:32

RayMorris
DF Members
Name: Array Array
Registered: 2009-08-31
Posts: 15

Tephritis praecox

As part of my role as coordinator of records of many of the flies in VC55 (Leicestershire & Rutland) I have been asked about the status of Tephritis praecox in the UK.  Lawrence's 2015 distribution maps seem to indicate a scarcity of records nationwide whilst the NBN Gateway has even less with 2 from VC55.  I have three other VC55 records which I can make available if needed.  One query asked what the rarity status of this fly is - I'm of the opinion that, as with so many other species, the paucity of records could mean rarity but also could easily reflect poor recorder activity.  Any ideas?

Offline

 

#2 2020-01-08 15:34:54

Laurence Clemons
DF Members
Name: Laurence Clemons
Registered: 2008-04-02
Posts: 391

Re: Tephritis praecox

Tephritis praecox was added to the British list by James Edward Collin (Collin, J.E. 1937. Trypeta vectensis sp.n. and other new or little known British species of Trypetidae (Diptera). Entomologist's Record and Journal of Variation 49: 1-7) on the basis of a female taken at Aldeburgh, Suffolk (VC25) on September 19th 1907. No further British records were known until a male was found in a private garden at 11 Station Road, Newhaven (VC14) on 22 July 2002 with further specimens between 20 September 2002 and 15 June 2004 (Jones, R.A. 2004. Tephritis praecox (Loew) (Diptera, Tephritidae) established in Britain. Dipterists Digest (Second series) 11: 16). In subsequent years it has been recorded from the following vice-counties: 2006 (15 and 16), 2007 (17 and 19), 2008 (55), 2015 (18 and 29), 2016 (21), 2017 (26 and 27), 2018 (11, 38 and 60), 2019 (54 and 56) and is currently known from 29 hectads. As the smallest British Tephritis species it has possibly been overlooked.

Offline

 

#3 2020-01-08 18:53:23

RayMorris
DF Members
Name: Array Array
Registered: 2009-08-31
Posts: 15

Re: Tephritis praecox

Many thanks Laurence for this information - I shall pass it on!

Offline

 

Board footer

Powered by PunBB
© Copyright 2002–2005 Rickard Andersson