Lejops vittatus (Meigen, 1822), Suomelle uusi kukkakärpänen (Diptera: Syrphidae). [Lejops vittatus (Meigen, 1822), a hoverfly new to the Finnish insect fauna (Diptera: Syrphidae)]

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2018
Authors:Kahanpää, J., Kakko, I., Haarto A.

Three specimens of the rare hoverfly Lejops vittatus (Meigen, 1822) were found during the first days of July 2016 on a seashore meadow near the Husö Zoological Station, Åland, Finland. The species is new to Finland. L. vittatus is very local and mostly rare in Northern Europe, with less than twenty known localities—mostly single specimen records—in Sweden and Denmark. The flies were observed flying among clubrushes (Bolboschoenus sp., pr. B. maritimus) near the water margin of a grazed coastal meadow. The salinity of the Baltic Sea in this area is around 5-6 ‰ and tides are negligent. These records represent the hitherto northernmost occurences of Lejops vittatus. The presence of several specimens on potentially suitable breeding habitat suggests that the species has a local population on the Åland Islands.

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