Species Accounts

Erynnia ocypterata (Fallen, 1810)

Synonymsocypterata (Fallen, 1810 - Tachina) [=nitida Robineau-Desvoidy, 1830]
Shaw & Ford (1991)-
Belshaw (1993)Pupates in the empty host pupa. Previously known as Erynnia nitida (R.-D.), this species should not be confused with the non-British Erynniopsis antennata Rondani which has in the past also been (erroneously) called Erynnia niĀ³da (R.-D.). Hosts: in Europe: Sparganothis pilleriana (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae) (4) and the non-British Gelechia obscuripennis (Frey) (Lep.: Gelechiidae) (1). British distribution: S.England and N.England. Habitat: marshes (Emden, 1954). Flight period: 2 periods - May/June and August/September (20 records). Similar pattern in Europe (Herting, 1960)
Tschorsnig & Herting (1994)Europe to Scandinavia; NS (Hamburg area) NB (Brandenburg). Early May to Early September 2 generations. In Central Europe very rare. Sparganothis pilleriana Schiff. (Tortricidae); rarer Anacampsis obscurella Denis & Schiff. and Nothris obscuripennis Frey. (Gelechiidae).
JNCC review (1996)DISTRIBUTION Widespread but sparse in England: Devon, Sussex, Kent, Berks, Suffolk, York, Westmorland. HABITAT Apparently prefers woodland and marshes. ECOLOGY The larvae are parasitoids of microlepidopterous caterpillars, especially Tortricidae and Gelechiidae. Adults from May to September, bivoltine. STATUS The most recent British records are from Berks (1950) and Suffolk (1977). Status revised from RARE (Shirt 1987). THREAT Habitat loss through drainage, afforestation and agricultural improvement. MANAGEMENT Uncertain, other than maintaining sites in a natural state with a full transition of vegetation types.
Shaw & Ford (2000)-
NBN code NBNSYS0000030215 BRC code 8001
StatusRDB2 BENHS drawer4.1 -
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