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Scientific Name: Melangyna umbellatarum
Common Name: N/A
Melangyna umbellatarum is a widespread and fairly frequent summer-peaking Melangyna easily separable from M. labiatarum by the very shining thoracic dorsum (usually with bluish reflections in the female) and abdominal spots that are always whitish. Additionally, the male eyes are bare and the female frons is shiny-black rather than grey-dusted at the front.
M. umbellatarum is a species of damp meadows, wetlands and woodland rides where it is usually encountered on umbellifers, especially Angelica. The larvae have been reported feeding on Cavariella aphids on umbellifers. Adults fly from April to November, peaking in August.
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