Species Accounts

Drino lota (Meigen, 1824)

Synonymslota (Meigen, 1824 - Tachina) immunita (Pandelle, 1896 - Exorista)]
Shaw & Ford (1991)Deilephila elpenor (L.): 1 male, possibly part of a larger brood, 1., 1976, Hampshire (A.D.). Sphingidae are the chief hosts, with brood sizes of up to 27 known. Other large lepidopterous larvae have also been recorded as hosts.
Belshaw (1993)Lays incubated eggs on the host, up to 27 adults reared from a single individual. Overwinters as a puparium in the ground. Hosts: chiefly Deilephila elpenor larvae (Lepidoptera: Sphingidae). In Britain 6 records from this species, including 1 on Epilohium hirsutum. In Europe also single records from D.porcellus, Laothoe populi (Sphingidae) and the non-British Aglia tau (L.) (Lep.: Saturniidae). British Distribution: S.England, Midlands (Hereford* and Derby), S.Scotland (Dunbarton*), N.Scotland (Inverness*) and Ireland (Mayo*). Flight period: late June to late August (20 records). In Europe mid-June to early September, 1 generation per year (Herting, 1960).
Tschorsnig & Herting (1994)Europe to Scandinavia; SH NS NW HE RP BW BY NB / A CH. Early June to End August 1 generation. In open areas usually rare more commonly reared from the host. Regularly from Deilephila elpenor L rarer also from D. porcellus L. or Smerinthus populi L. (Sphingidae).
JNCC review (1996)DISTRIBUTION Southern and Central England (Devon, Somerset, Dorset, Hants, Surrey, Berks, Oxford, Hereford, Warwick, Derby), and Scotland (Dunbarton, Easterness). HABITAT Woodland, heathland, calcareous grassland, and even in a garden. ECOLOGY It has been reared from lepidopterous caterpillars mainly of the family Sphingidae, with the Large Elephant Hawk-moth (Deilephila elpenor) being the main host. Adults from June to September. STATUS Post-1960 records include Devon (1963, 1969); Hants (1969, 1976); Surrey (1971); Herts (1963); Berks (1989); Warwick (1992). THREAT Clearance of woodlands for agriculture or intensive forestry; changes in the management of heathland and grassland, with a resultant loss in the floristic diversity through scrub invasion or excessive grazing. MANAGEMENT Maintain open rides and clearings in woods and a mosaic of vegetation types on heathland and grassland, using rotational management regimes if necessary.
Shaw & Ford (2000)-
NBN code NBNSYS0000030246 BRC code 5401
StatusNotable/Nb BENHS drawer2.6 -
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