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Scientific Name: Platycheirus peltatus
Common Name: N/A
Platycheirus peltatus is a relatively large Platycheirus and the commonest of a group of three species with similiar fore and mid leg structure. The other two species, P. amplus and P. nielseni, average smaller and narrower with differences in the details of the mid leg shape and hairing.
Platycheirus peltatus is frequent and widespread in lowland Britain and occurs in a variety of habitats but especially meadows, woodland rides and clearings, and open-structured scrub. The males hover more actively than most other Platycheirus, usually at heights of about 0.5 to 1 metres, and sometimes in loose swarms. The larvae are presumed to be aphidophagous on low herbage.
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