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Microdon myrmicae Schönrogge et al., 2002 (a hoverfly)

Sets of Photographs

These relate to individual finds ("biological records") of the organism.

Suggested Literature

Identification Works

Gammelmo, O. & Aarvik, L., 2007 The myrmecophilous fly Microdon myrmicae Schönrogge et al., 2002 (Diptera, Syrphidae) in Norway

Microdon myrmicae may also be covered by literature listed under:

(living things)
(insects and other 6-legged organisms)
(true insects)
(two-winged flies)
(short-horned flies)
(hover, scuttle, acalypterate, dung, house & parasitoid flies, blue/green bottles)
(hover flies, drone flies, flower flies, hoverfly)

BioInfo BioInfo ( has 1 feeding and other relationships of Microdon myrmicae (a hoverfly)

Further Information

Notes (MWS) A very localised species almost restricted to wet heaths in Surrey, the New Forest and east Dorset.

The species was only recognised as distinct from *M. mutabilis* in 2002 by comparison of pupae. The adults are indistinguishable but *M. mutabilis* is believed to be confined to Scotland, so records from southern England can be assumed to relate to the present species.

Like other members of the genus the larvae develop in ants' nests, in this case those of *Myrmica scabrinodis*.
Ball, S. & Morris, R., 2013
Stubbs, A.E. & Falk, S.J., 2002


Ball, S. & Morris, R., 2013 Britain's Hoverflies: an introduction to the hoverflies of Britain
Stubbs, A.E. & Falk, S.J., 2002 British Hoverflies (ed 2)
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