Hoverfly photos


Hoverflies of the Llynfi Valley and Glamorgan

***numbers in brackets represent last time recorded in Glamorgan and then the number of 10km squares. Records [accepted and ratified only] courtesy of the Hoverfly Recording Scheme***
There are 283 species of hoverfly in Great Britain of which 190 have been recorded in Glamorgan, of which 120 have been recorded in the Llynfi Valley so far. Our target being 150 species.



Family             Syrphidae

Sub-family      Syrphinae

Tribe               Bacchini



Genus             Baccha

One species in the genus, which is common in Glamorgan and The Llynfi Valley.

1]         Baccha elongata – common.



Genus              Melanostoma

Three species in the Genus, two of which are common in Glamorgan and the Llynfi Valley.

1]         Melanostoma dubium – not recorded in South Wales – found above 500mts, mainly in Scotland, North England and North Wales.
2]         Melanostoma mellinum – common.

 3]         Melanostoma Scalare – common.



Genus              Platycheirus

There are Twenty-five species in this large genus, eighteen of which have been recorded in Glamorgan. The species are split into seven groups of like species. They range from common to local, nine species have been recorded in the Llynfi Valley so far.

Albimanus Group – 4 species

1]            Platycheirus albimanuscommon.



 2]         Platycheirus ambiguus - common, but easily overlooked amongst albimanus, recorded in Glamorgan and the Llynfi Valley but not yet photographed.

3]         Platycheirus discimanus – not recorded in South Wales, one record for Wales (near Builth Wells, Powys).

4]         Platycheirus sticticus – not recorded in Glamorgan, but is possible in future. Although scarce it has been recorded as being widespread in Britain including nearby counties.


Manicatus group – 3 species

5]         Platycheirus manicatus – common, recorded in Glamorgan and the Llynfi Valley but not yet photographed.

6]         Platycheirus tarsalis – common.



 7]         Platycheirus melanopsis – not recorded in Wales, scarce recorded mainly in Scotland between 250 – 300mts.

Peltatus group – 3 species

8]         Platycheirus peltatus – common.



9]         Platycheirus nielseni – common, has been recorded in Glamorgan [2012, 2].

10]       Platycheirus amplus – not recorded in Wales, rare fifteen records only mainly in Scotland.


Scutatus group – 3 species

11]       Platycheirus scutatus – common.



12]       Platycheirus splendidus – scarce, has been recorded in Glamorgan [2009, 1].

13]       Platycheirus aurolateralis – not recorded in Wales, rare only 8 records in England only.


Clypeatus group – 6 species

14]       Platycheirus clypeatus – common.



 15]       Platycheirus angustatus – common.



 16]       Platycheirus occultus – common, has been recorded in Glamorgan [2014, 10].

17]       Platycheirus podagratus – not recorded in South Wales, but is possible for the future, local, mainly a western and Northern species.

18]       Platycheirus ramsaerensis – not recorded in Glamorgan, but is possible in future, local, recorded from neighbouring counties.

19]       Platycheirus europaeus – local, has been recorded in Glamorgan [2009, 3]

Fulviventris group – 4 species

20]       Platycheirus fulviventris -  common, has been recorded in Glamorgan [2011, 15].

21]       Platycheirus immarginatus - local, has been recorded in Glamorgan [2013, 7].

22]       Platycheirus perpallidus – local, has been recorded in Glamorgan [1997, 4].

23]       Platycheirus scambus - common, has been recorded in Glamorgan [2014, 3].


Pyrrophaena (sub-genus) – 2 species

24]       Platycheirus granditarsus – common.


 25]       Platycheirus rosarum - common.




Genus              Xanthandrus

One species in the genus, which is local in Glamorgan and the Llynfi Valley, mainly coastal as it is a migrant.

1]         Xanthandrus comtus - Local and migrant.






Tribe               Paragini



Genus             Paragus

Four species in the genus, of which one has been recorded in Glamorgan and the Llynfi Valley and is common. They can only be separated by the male genitilia under the microscope, so a specimen is needed for confirmation.

1]         Paragus albifrons – not recorded in Wales, rare, Southern England counties only and mainly coastal.

2]         Paragus constrictus – not recorded in Wales, rare, Ireland only

3]         Paragus haemorrhous – common. [DET confirmed [HRS], this specimen]


4]         Paragus tibialis – local, has been recorded in Glamorgan [1972, 1]


Tribe               Syrphini

Genus             Chrysotoxum

Eight species in the genus, six have been recorded in Glamorgan all of which are common or local, with one species being coastal. Four species have been recorded in the Llynfi Valley.

1]         Chrysotoxum arcuatum – common.


2]         Chrysotoxum bicinctum – common.



3]         Chrysotoxum cautum – common.


4]         Chrysotoxum elegans – local, has been recorded in Glamorgan [2009, 3], it is a mainly coastal species.

5]         Chrysotoxum festivum – common.


6]         Chrysotoxum octomaculatum – not recorded in Wales, rare, Southern England heathland only.

7]         Chrysotoxum vernale – not recorded in Wales, rare, Southern England coastal counties only.

8]         Chrysotoxum verralli – local, has been recorded in Glamorgan [2015, 1].



Genus             Dasysyrphus

Seven species in the genus, four of which has been recorded in Glamorgan and the Llynfi Valley and are common or local. Species are mainly associated with coniferous forestry.

1]         Dasysyrphus albostriatus – common.


2]         Dasysyrphus friuliensis – not recorded in Glamorgan, scarce, only one record for Wales and   that is in the neighbouring county of Gwent, so is a possibility in the future.

3]         Dasysyrphus hilaris – rare, has been recorded in Glamorgan [1997, 2].

4]         Dasysyrphus pauxillus – not recorded in Wales, rare, possibly migrant or accidental.

5]         Dasysyrphus pinastri – local.


6]         Dasysyrphus tricinctus – common.



7]         Dasysyrphus venustus – common.





Genus             Didea

Three species in the genus only one of which has been recorded in Glamorgan and the Llynfi Valley.

1]         Didea alneti – not recorded in Wales, rare vagrant, last recorded in 1989 from Northumberland, England.

2]         Didea fasciata – local.


3]         Didea intermedia – not recorded in Wales, local, mainly recorded in England.



Genus             Doros

One species in the genus, which has not been recorded in Wales.

1]         Doros profuges – not recorded in Wales, rare, there have been a few claims of this species in Glamorgan but they are thought to be misidentification of the similar looking Conopid flies Physocephala rufipes/nigra – rufipes has been recorded in the Llynfi Valley. With no photographic evidence, these records have been rejected.




Genus             Epistrophe

Six species in the genus, three of which have been recorded in Glamorgan and the Llynfi Valley and are all common.

1]         Epistrophe diaphana – not recorded in Wales, common in Southern England counties.

2]         Epistrophe eligans – common, recorded in Glamorgan and the Llynfi Valley but not yet photographed.

3]         Epistrophe grossulariae – common.


4]         Epistrophe melanostoma – not recorded in Wales, rare, South-eastern England only.

5]         Epistrophe nitidicollis - common, recorded in Glamorgan and the Llynfi Valley but not yet photographed.

6]         Epistrophe ochrostoma – not recorded in mainland Britain. Only record is from 1990 on the Isle of Anglesey, North Wales.



Genus             Episyrphus

One species in this genus which has been recorded in Glamorgan and the Llynfi Valley and is common.

1]         Episyrphus balteatus – common.



Genus             Eriozona

One species in this genus and has been recorded in Glamorgan and the Llynfi Valley, locally distributed through coniferous forest.

1]         Eriozona syrphoides – local.



Genus             Eupeodes

Nine species in the genus, six have been recorded in Glamorgan, with four being recorded in the Llynfi Valley, Four are common or scarce and one species - lapponicus is extremely rare. The record for the Llynfi Valley was a first for Wales and Glamorgan [M. Hnatiuk].

1]         Eupeodes bucculatus – scarce, 1 record for Glamorgan at Ystrad Mynach [1993, 1].

2]         Eupeodes corollae – common.



3]         Eupeodes goeldlini – not recorded in Wales, rare, recently split from bucculatus, only reliable records are from around Sheffield, England.

4]         Eupeodes lapponicus – rare, 1st for Wales and Glamorgan [HRS], recorded in the Llynfi Valley in 2015, only a handful of records a year in Britain.


5]         Eupeodes latifasciatus – common.



6]         Eupeodes lundbecki – not recorded in Wales, rare, North-east England only.

7]         Eupeodes luniger – common.


8]         Eupeodes nielseni – not recorded in Wales, local, recorded on the Welsh borders near Abergavenny, Gwent.

9]         Eupeodes nitens – local, has been recorded in Glamorgan [1997, 1]


Genus             Leucozona

Three species in this genus, all of which are common in Glamorgan and the Llynfi Valley.

1]         Leucozona glaucia – common.


2]         Leucozona laternaria – common.


3]         Leucozona lucorum – common.




Genus             Megasyrphus

One species in the genus, recorded in Glamorgan and the Llynfi Valley and is local.

1]         Megasyrphus erratica – local.



Genus             Melangyna

Eight/nine species in this genus, with four recorded in Glamorgan and three in the Llynfi Valley. The species that have been recorded in the Llynfi Valley are common.

1]         Melangyna arctica – not recorded in South Wales, common, nearest records are from the Brecon Beacons.  

2]         Melangyna barbifrons – not recorded in South Wales, scarce, nearest records are from Snowdonia, North Wales.

3]         Melangyna cincta – common, has been recorded in Glamorgan [2015, 6]

4]/5]    Melangyna compositarum/labiatarum – common. There is still discussion between dipterists on whether they are one or separate species. But both have been recorded in the Llynfi Valley by determination of specimens.


6]         Melangyna ericarum – not recorded in Wales, rare, mainly Scotland.

7]         Melangyna lasiophthalma – common.

8]         Melangyna quadrimaculata – not recorded in South Wales, common. Nearest records are at Lampeter, Dyfed, so is a possibility for the future.

9]         Melangyna umbellatarum – common.




Genus             Meligramma

Three species in this genus, one has been recorded in Glamorgan but none have been recorded in the Llynfi Valley. All three species are rare or scarce.

1]         Meligramma euchromum – not recorded in Wales, scarce, only recorded in Southern and Mid England.

2]         Meligramma guttata – rare, recorded in Glamorgan but not yet in the Llynfi Valley.

3]         Meligramma trianguliferum – scarce, not recorded in South Wales, nearest record in Brecon.



Genus             Meliscaeva

Two species in the genus. Both of which are common in Glamorgan and the Llynfi valley.

1]         Meliscaeva auricollis – common.



2]         Meliscaeva cinctella – common.




Genus             Parasyrphus

Six species in this genus, four of which have been recorded in Glamorgan, three species have been recorded in the Llynfi Valley. One species is local all the others are common.

1]         Parasyrphus annulatus – common, not recorded in Glamorgan, nearest records in Gwent . This species is most likely to be recorded in the future.

2]         Parasyrphus lineola – common.


3]         Parasyrphus malinellus – common.



4]         Parasyrphus nigritarsis – not recorded in Glamorgan, nearest records are at Brecon. 

5]         Parasyrphus punctulatus – common.


6]         Parasyrphus vittiger - common, recorded in Glamorgan and the Llynfi Valley, but not yet photographed. Identified by determination of specimen.


Genus             Scaeva

Five species in the genus, two of which have been recorded in Glamorgan and the Llynfi Valley and both are common migrants, the other three are rare vagrants recorded only a few times.

1]         Scaeva albomaculata – not recorded in Wales, rare vagrant only two record – 1938 & 1949 both in England.

2]         Scaeva dignota – not recorded in Wales, rare vagrant only one record – 2015 in England.

3]         Scaeva mecogramma – not recorded in Wales, rare vagrant only one record -1905 from Scotland.

4]         Scaeva pyrastri – common.


5]         Scaeva selenitica – common.   


       


Genus             Sphaerophoria

Eleven species in this genus range from common to rare, seven have been recorded in Glamorgan and three recorded in the Llynfi Valley so far. This genus cannot be identified from photos except the male scripta. Females cannot be separated even in the hand and males can only be separated on genitilia characteristics under magnification.

1]         Sphaerophoria bankowskae – not recorded in Wales, rare but widespread.

2]         Sphaerophoria batava – not recorded in Glamorgan, common, nearest records from just outside the county in the Brecon Beacons.

3]         Sphaerophoria fatarum – local, has been recorded in Glamorgan [1999, 3].

4]         Sphaerophoria interrupta – common [determination only HRS]

5]         Sphaerophoria loewi – scarce, has been recorded in Glamorgan [1997, 1], mainly coastal.

6]         Sphaerophoria philanthus – common [determination only HRS]

7]         Sphaerophoria potentillae – not recorded in Wales, rare, only found in Devon since 1989.

8]         Sphaerophoria rueppellii – common, has been recorded in Glamorgan [2014, 5].

9]         Sphaerophoria scripta – common.


10]       Sphaerophoria taeniata – not recorded in Wales, common, England only

11]       Sphaerophoria virgata – local, has been recorded in Glamorgan [1997, 1]



Genus             Syrphus

Five species in this genus, with three being recorded in Glamorgan and the Llynfi Valley, all of which are common. A difficult genus to identify and in most cases a specimen is needed.

1]         Syrphus nitidifrons – not recorded in Wales, rare vagrant with few records from England.

2]         Syrphus rectus – not recorded in Wales, rare vagrant with few records from England.

3]         Syrphus ribesii – common.


4]         Syrphus torvus - common.



5]         Syrphus vitripennis - common.




Genus             Xanthogramma

Three species in this genus, all have been recorded in Glamorgan, with two be common and the third – stackelbergi being very rare. 

1]         Xanthogramma citrofasciatum – common.


2]         Xanthogramma stackelbergi – rare, first recorded in the Llynfi Valley in 2015. There have been only a handful of records of this recently added species in Britain. Another individual was photographed by P. Tabor in 2016 at the same location. I have yet to see one.


3]         Xanthogramma pedissequum – common.



Sub-family      Eristalinae

Tribe               Callicerini



Genus             Callicera

Three species in the genus, None of which has been recorded in Glamorgan, all are scarce.

1]         Callicera aurata – scarce,  not recorded in Glamorgan, nearest records are from Carmarthenshire. 

2]         Callicera rufa – not recorded in Wales, scarce, mainly Scotland.

3]         Callicera spinolae – not recorded in Wales, scarce, South-east England only.


Tribe               Cheilosiini



Genus             Cheilosia

Thirty-seven species in the genus making it the largest genus of the Syrphidae. A difficult genus to identify from photographs and a specimen needs to be taken for the majority of species. Twenty-four species have been recorded in Glamorgan of which eleven have been recorded in the Llynfi Valley. They range from common to rare.

1]         Cheilosia ahenea – not recorded in Wales, rare but widespread, specimen required.

2]         Cheilosia albipila – local.


3]         Cheilosia albitarsis – common.



4]         Cheilosia antiqua – common, has been recorded in Glamorgan [1997, 1], specimen required.

5]         Cheilosia barbata - common,  not recorded in Glamorgan, nearest records are for Brecon, specimen required.


6]         Cheilosia bergenstammi – common.



7]         Cheilosia caerulescens – not recorded in Wales, rare, England only.

8]         Cheilosia carbonaria – not recorded in Wales, local, Southern England only. Specimen required.

9]         Cheilosia chrysocoma - common,  has been recorded in Glamorgan [2001, 3].

10]        Cheilosia cynocephala – scarce, has been recorded in Glamorgan [2011, 1]. Specimen required.

11]       Cheilosia fraterna – common, but not yet photographed.

12]       Cheilosia griseiventris – local, has been recorded in Glamorgan [2009, 3], specimen required.

13]       Cheilosia grossa – common but not yet photographed.


14]       Cheilosia illustrata – common.


15]       Cheilosia impressa – common.



16]       Cheilosia lasiopa – local, has been recorded in Glamorgan [2010, 3]. Specimen required.

17]       Cheilosia latifrons - common,  has been recorded in Glamorgan [2004, 5], specimen required.

18]       Cheilosia longula - common but not yet photographed.

19]       Cheilosia mutabilis – local, has been recorded in Glamorgan [1997, 1], specimen required.

20]       Cheilosia nebulosa – local, has been recorded in Glamorgan [1988, 1], specimen required.

21]       Cheilosia nigripes – not recorded in South Wales, local, specimen required.

22]       Cheilosia pagana – common.


23]       Cheilosia proxima – common.



24]       Cheilosia psilophthalma – not recorded in South Wales, rare, specimen required.

25]       Cheilosia pubera – not recorded in Wales, rare, specimen required.

26]       Cheilosia ranunculi – local, has been recorded in Glamorgan [2006, 1], specimen required.

27]       Cheilosia sahlbergi – not recorded in Wales, scarce, Scotland only. Specimen required.


28]       Cheilosia scutellata – common.


29]       Cheilosia semifasciata – not recorded in South Wales, local, specimen required.

30]       Cheilosia soror - common, not recorded in Wales.

31]       Cheilosia urbana - common, has been recorded in Glamorgan [2007, 1].

32]       Cheilosia uviformis – not recorded in Wales, rare, Northern England only. Specimen required.

33]       Cheilosia velutina – not recorded in South Wales, local, England only. Specimen required.

34]       Cheilosia vernalis - common, has been recorded in Glamorgan [2009, 12], specimen required. Possibility for the future.

35]       Cheilosia vicina - common, has been recorded in Glamorgan [2012, 4], specimen required.

36]       Cheilosia vulpina - common, has been recorded in Glamorgan [2013, 4], specimen required.


37]       Cheilosia variabilis – common.




Genus             Ferdinandea

Two species in the genus, one has been recorded in Glamorgan and the Llynfi Valley and is common.

1]         Ferdinandea cuprea – common.


2]         Ferdinandea ruficornis – not recorded in Wales, local, England only



Genus             Portevinia

One species in this genus only, recorded in Glamorgan but not yet in the Llynfi Valley and is associated with Ramsons.

1]         Portevinia maculata – common, has been recorded in Glamorgan [2005, 6].



Genus             Rhingia

Two species in this genus, both have been recorded in Glamorgan and the Llynfi Valley. One is common the other local.

1]         Rhingia campestris – common.


2]         Rhingia rostrata – local




Tribe               Chrysogastrini



Genus             Brachyopa

Four species in the genus, one has been recorded in Glamorgan and the Llynfi Valley. They range from common to local and are all associated with mature woodland.

1]         Brachyopa bicolor – local, not recorded in Glamorgan, nearest records Brecon. .

2]         Brachyopa insensilis – common, not recorded in Glamorgan, nearest records Carmarthenshire. 

3]         Brachyopa pilosa – common, not recorded in Glamorgan, nearest records Brecon..

4]         Brachyopa scutellaris – common.




Genus             Chrysogaster

Three species in this genus, all three have been recorded in Glamorgan, of which two have been seen in the Llynfi Valley, all are common.

1]         Chrysogaster cemiteriorum – common, has been recorded in Glamorgan [2015, 8]


2]         Chrysogaster solstitialis – common.



3]         Chrysogaster virescens – common but not yet photographed.



Genus             Hammerschmidtia

One species in this genus and has not been recorded in Wales.

1]         Hammerschmidtia ferruginea – not recorded in Wales, rare, Scotland only.



Genus             Lejogaster

Two species in this genus, both of which have been recorded in Glamorgan, however only one has been recorded in the Llynfi Valley. Both are common.

1]         Lejogaster tarsata – common, has been recorded in Glamorgan [2014, 5].

2]         Lejogaster metallina – common.




Genus             Melanogaster

Two species in the genus, both have been recorded in Glamorgan, with one having been recorded in the Llynfi Valley. Both are common.

1]         Melanogaster aerosa – common, has been recorded in Glamorgan [2015, 6].

2]         Melanogaster hirtella – common.[DET confirmed HRS]




Genus             Myolepta

Two species in this genus, neither of which have been recorded in Glamorgan, They are local to rare.

1]         Myolepta dubia – not recorded in Wales, local, Southern England Only

2]         Myolepta potens – not recorded in Wales, rare, Somerset Levels only, England.



Genus             Neoascia

Six species in this genus, five been recorded in Glamorgan, but only two have been recorded in the Llynfi Valley. All are common. They can be broken down into two groups, those with clear wings of which there are three and those that have clouded cross-veins on the wing, again there are three of these. They are difficult to identify from photographs unless you are lucky. So records are generally accepted from specimens only.



Clear-winged Group

1]         Neoascia geniculata – common, has been recorded in Glamorgan [2012, 5].

2]         Neoascia meticulosa – common. [DET confirmed HRS]


3]         Neoascia tenur – common. [DET confirmed HRS]



Clouded cross-vein winged group

4]         Neoascia podagrica – common. [DET confirmed HRS]


5]         Neoascia interrupta – not recorded in Wales, common, England only.

6]         Neoascia obliqua – common, has been recorded in Glamorgan [1997, 4]



Genus             Orthonevra

Four species in the genus, three have been recorded in Glamorgan, only one of which has been recorded in the Llynfi Valley. Three are common one is rare.

1]         Orthonevra brevicornis – common, has been recorded in Glamorgan [1997, 3].

2]         Orthonevra geniculata – common, has been recorded in Glamorgan [2004, 1]

3]         Orthonevra intermedia – not recorded in Wales, rare, recently discovered in two sites in Cheshire [2006].

4]         Orthonevra nobolis – common.



Genus             Riponnensia

Single species genus, which has been recorded in both Glamorgan and the Llynfi Valley and is common.

1]         Riponnensia splendens – common.




Genus             Sphegina

Four species in the genus, all have been recorded in Glamorgan, with three being recorded in the Llynfi Valley. All are common.  Almost impossible to identify from photographs, so a specimen is required.

1]         Sphegina clunipes – common. [DET confirmed HRS]


2]         Sphegina elegans – common. [DET confirmed HRS]



3]         Sphegina sibirica – common.



4]         Sphegina verecunda – common, has been recorded in Glamorgan [2005, 6].


Tribe               Eristalini



Genus             Anasimyia

Five species in this genus, four have been recorded in Glamorgan of which one has been recorded in the Llynfi Valley, they range from common to local.

1]         Anasimyia interpuncta – not recorded in Wales, local, Eastern England only.

2]         Anasimyia lunulata – common, has been recorded in Glamorgan [1988, 1]. 

3]         Anasimyia transfuga – common, has been recorded in Glamorgan [2014, 4].

4]         Anasimyia contracta – common.


5]         Anasimyia lineata – common, recorded in Glamorgan [2016, 9]




Genus             Eristalinus

Two species in the genus, both have been recorded in Glamorgan, however neither has been recorded in the Llynfi Valley. Both are common, with one being coastal.

1]         Eristalinus aenus – common, has been recorded in Glamorgan [2008, 6], coastal species, so highly unlikely to be recorded in the Llynfi Valley.

2]         Eristalinus sepulchralis – common, has been recorded in Glamorgan [2016, 11].



Genus             Eristalis

Ten species in this fairly large genus, eight of which have been recorded in Glamorgan and seven in the Llynfi Valley. Most are common but two of the species are scarce and rare.

1]         Eristalis abusivus – common, has been recorded in Glamorgan [2012, 9]

2]         Eristalis arbustorum – common.


3]         Eristalis cryptarum – not recorded in Wales, scarce, Devon, England only.           

4]         Eristalis horticola - common.


5]         Eristalis intricarius - common.




6]         Eristalis nemorum - common.



7]         Eristalis pertinax - common.



8]         Eristalis rupium - common. The Llynfi Valley records are furthest south they have been recorded in Britain.


9]         Eristalis similis – not recorded in Wales, rare, Vagrant to England only.

10]       Eristalis tenax - common.






Genus             Helophilus

Five species in the genus, three have been recorded in both Glamorgan and the Llynfi Valley. Three are common, two are rare vagrants.

1]         Helophilus affinis – not recorded in Wales, rare vagrant, one record only at Fair Isle, Scotland in 1982.

2]         Helophilus groenlandicus – not recorded in Wales, rare vagrant, only four records from North-west coastal Scotland.

3]         Helophilus hybridus - common.





4]         Helophilus pendulus - common.



5]         Eristalis trivittatus - common.





Genus             Lejops

A single genus species, which has been recorded in Glamorgan, local.

1]         Lejops vittatus – local, recorded in Glamorgan [ 1989, 1], coastal levels only.


Genus             Mallota

Another single genus species, which has not been recorded in South Wales.

1]         Mallota cimbiciformis – not recorded in South Wales, local.


Genus             Myathropa

Single species genus which has been recorded in Glamorgan and Llynfi Valley, common.

1]         Myathropa florea – common.




Genus             Parhelophilus

Three species in this genus, all of which have been recorded in Glamorgan, one of which has been recorded in The Llynfi Valley, all three are common.

1]         Parhelophilus consimilis – common, has been recorded In Glamorgan [2006, 3]

2]         Parhelophilus frutetorum - common, has been recorded In Glamorgan [2014, 10]

3]         Parhelophilus versicolor – common. [DET confirmed HRS]




Tribe               Merodontini



Genus             Eumerus

Five species in the genus, all have been recorded in Glamorgan however only one has been recorded in the Llynfi Valley. Difficult to identify from photos and specimens are required for correct identification. Three are common and one is local.

1]         Eumerus funeralis – common. [DET confirmed HRS]


2]         Eumerus ornatus – common, has been recorded in Glamorgan [2013, 7]. Specimen required.

3]         Eumerus sabulonum – local, has been recorded in Glamorgan [2009, 3]. Specimen required.

4]         Eumerus sogadianus - local, has been recorded in Glamorgan [2014, 1]. Specimen required

5]         Eumerus strigatus – common, has been recorded in Glamorgan [2014, 9]. Specimen required.



Genus             Psilota

One species in the genus which has not been recorded in Wales, local to scarce.

1]         Psilota anthracina – not recorded in Wales, local to scarce, England only.



Genus             Merodon

One species in this genus, which has been recorded in both Glamorgan and the Llynfi Valley and is common.

1]         Merodon equestris – common.




Tribe               Pelecocerini

Genus             Chamaesyrphus

Two species in the genus, neither of which has been recorded in Wales, local and rare.

1]         Chamaesyrphus caledonicus – not recorded in Wales, rare, Moray Firth, Scotland only.

2]         Chamaesyrphus scaevoides – not recorded in Wales, local, Scotland only.

Genus             Pelecocera

One species in the genus which has not been recorded in Wales, local.

1]         Pelecocera tricincta – not recorded in Wales, local, coastal counties of Southern England.



Tribe               Pipizini

Genus             Heringia

Seven species in this genus two of which has been recorded in Glamorgan, three haven’t been recorded in Wales. Specimens are required for identification as they can’t be done from photographs. None are common and they range from local to Rare.

1]         Heringia brevidens – rare, has been recorded in Glamorgan [1997, 1].

2]         Heringia heringi – local, has been recorded in Glamorgan [1971, 1].

3]         Heringia latitarsis – not recorded in Glamorgan, rare, nearest records are from North of Abergavenny on the Welsh Borders.

4]         Heringia pubescens – not recorded in Wales, rare, England only.

5]         Heringia senilis - not recorded in Glamorgan, local, nearest records are from the Gwent levels.

6]         Heringia verrucula - not recorded in Wales, rare, England only.

7]         Heringia vitripennis - not recorded in Wales, rare, England only.



Genus             Pipiza

Seven species in the genus, six have been recorded in Glamorgan, but only one has been recorded in the Llynfi Valley. Hard to identify from Photos, so a specimen is generally needed for correct identification. They range from Common to rare.

1]         Pipiza bimaculata – common, has been recorded in Glamorgan [1995, 2].

2]         Pipiza fenestrata – local, has been recorded in Glamorgan [1993, 4].

3]         Pipiza festiva – not recorded in Wales, rare, one record only from near Sheffield, England.

4]         Pipiza lugubris – local, has been recorded in Glamorgan [1985, 1].

5]         Pipiza luteitarsis – common, has been recorded in Glamorgan [1992, 2]

6]         Pipiza noctiluca – common, has been recorded in Glamorgan [2002, 12].
7]         Pipiza austriaca – common.




Genus             Pipizella

Three species in this genus, two have been recorded in both Glamorgan and the Llynfi Valley and are common. The other is scarce. They can be done from photographs if you get the correct shot but specimens are required for confirmation.

1]         Pipizella maculipennis – not recorded in Wales, scarce, mainly Southern England.


2]         Pipizella viduata – common. [DET confirmed HRS]


3]         Pipizella virens - common. [DET confirmed HRS]





Genus             Trichopsomyia

Two species in this genus, one has been recorded in Glamorgan but is yet to be recorded in the Llynfi Valley. Specimens are required for identification, but photos can point you to the genus. One species is common the other is rare.

1]         Trichopsomyia flavitarsis – common, has been recorded in Glamorgan [2009, 7].

2]         Trichopsomyia lida – not recorded in Wales, rare, discovered in a London cemetery in 2006, very few records so far.



Genus             Triglyphus

One specimen in the genus which has yet to be recorded in Wales, local species.

1]         Triglyphus primus – not recorded in Wales, local, England only.



Tribe               Sericomyiini

Genus             Arctophila

One species in the genus which has been recorded in Glamorgan and in the Llynfi Valley and is common.

1]         Arctophila superbiens – common.




Genus             Sericomyia

Two species in this Genus both of which have been recorded in Glamorgan and the Llynfi Valley and are common.

1]         Sericomyia lappona – common.


2]         Sericomyia silentis – common.




Tribe               Volucellini

Genus             Volucella

Five species in the genus, all have been recorded in Glamorgan but only three have been recorded in the Llynfi Valley. All are common

1]         Volucella inanis – common, has been recorded in Glamorgan [2015, 4].

2]         Volucella inflata – common, has been recorded in Glamorgan [2009, 6].

3]         Volucella zonaria - common but as yet has not been photographed.

4]         Volucella bombylans - common. 2 colour forms



5]         Volucella pellucens - common.






Tribe               Xylotini


Genus             Blera

Single species genus, not recorded in Wales, rare.

1]         Blera fallax – not recorded in Wales, Rare, Scotland only.


Genus             Brachypalpoides

Single species genus, recorded in Glamorgan but not yet the Llynfi Valley.

1]         Brachypalpoides lentus – common, has been recorded in Glamorgan [2009, 6].



Genus             Brachypalpus

Single species genus, recorded in Glamorgan but not yet the Llynfi Valley.

1]         Brachypalpus laphriformis - common, has been recorded in Glamorgan [1993, 2].



Genus             Caliprobola

Single species genus that has not be recorded in Wales, local.

1]         Caliprobola speciosa – not recorded in Wales, local, England only.



Genus             Chalcosyrphus

Two species in the genus, One has been recorded in both Glamorgan and the Llynfi Valley. One species is common the other is local.

1]         Chalcosyrphus eunotus – Not recorded in Wales, local, England only.

2]         Chalcosyrphus nemorum – common.



Genus             Criorhina

Four species in the genus, all four have been recorded in Glamorgan, three have been recorded in the Llynfi Valley. Three are common and one is local, associated with mature woodlands.

1]         Criorhina asilica – local, has been recorded in Glamorgan [1994, 3].

2]         Criorhina berberina – common


3]         Criorhina ranunculi – common.



4]         Criorhina floccosa – common.




Genus             Pocota

One species in the genus and has not been recorded in South Wales, local

1]         Pocota personata – not recorded in South Wales, local, England and North Wales only.




Genus             Syritta

One species in the genus, recorded in both Glamorgan and Llynfi Valley, common.

1]         Syritta pipiens – common.



 Genus             Tropidia

One species in the genus common in Glamorgan but not yet recorded in Llynfi Valley.

1]         Tropidia Scita – common, has been recorded in Glamorgan [2015, 10].




Genus             Xylota

Seven species in this genus, five have been recorded in Glamorgan but only four have been recorded in the Llynfi Valley, most are common with two being local.

1]         Xylota abiens – local, not recorded in Glamorgan. nearest records Brecon 

2]         Xylota florum – common, has been recorded in Glamorgan [2009, 2].

3]         Xylota tarda – local, not recorded in Glamorgan, nearest records Brecon, associated with Aspen.

4]         Xylota jakutorum – common.



5]         Xylota segnis - common.


6]         Xylota sylvarum - common.


7]         Xylota xanthocnema - common. [DET confirmed HRS]




Sub-family      Microdontinae


Genus             Microdon

Four species in the genus, only one has been recorded in Glamorgan, all species are local.

1]         Microdon analis – not recorded in Wales, local, mainly Southern England and Scotland.

2]         Microdon devius – not recorded in South Wales, local, mainly North Wales and England.


3] +4]   Microdon mutabilis, myrmicae agg. – adults cannot be separated, species identification is done at the larva stage. Both are local and the aggregate has been recorded. but most likely myrmicae. 






                                      Martyn Hnatiuk 





















           
















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