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Scientific Name: Riponnensia splendens
Common Name: N/A
Riponnensia splendens is a chrysogasterine related to Orthonevra, but much larger with the upper outer cross vein not strongly recurrent. It has a dull metallic appearance - bronzy in the male, green and blue in the female - like an oversized Lejogaster tarsata but with much coarser puncturation and different venation. The face is rather flattened in profile and heavily grey-dusted beneath the antennae. The tergites are dull on their disc but with shiny side margins.
This is a widespread species of marshes, wet meadows and damp woodland clearings. Adults are particularly attarcted by the flowers of umbellifers and Meadowsweet. The larvae develop in wet mud and shallow water.
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