Species Accounts

Mintho rufiventris (Fallen, 1816)



Synonymsrufiventris (Fallen, 1816 - Musca) [=rutilla (Harris, [1780] - Musca] [=Iacera Rondani, 1847] [=compressa: (Walker, 1853 - Dexia), misident.] [=praeceps: Schiner, 1862, misident.]
CommentsArista with short hairs; large orange patches on sides of abdomen; abdomen laterally compressed (unique feature)
Shaw & Ford (1991)-
Belshaw (1993)Hosts: in Britain the saprophagous Orthopygia glaucinalis (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae) (NHM). No European records. British distribution: S.England (no records west of Berks-Sussex). Habitat: localities are grassland and woodland (FaIk, in press). Adults often found on the ground and on walls near buildings. Flight period: late May to early September (48 records).
Tschorsnig & Herting (1994)Europe to Scandinavia; NS NW HE BW BY NB / A CH. Forest edges bushes. End April to Early October. On flowers foliage and in grass regularly found also in buildings on windows; not rare (in Southern Europe frequent on mountain tops on rocks). Herculia glaucinalis L Myelois ceratoniae Zell. (Pyralidae) Bembecia ichneumoniformis F. (Sesiidae).
JNCC review (1996)DISTRIBUTION South East England and East Anglia (Sussex, Kent, Essex, Herts, Berks, Oxford, Bucks, Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridge, Hunts). HABITAT Grassland and woodland, and also in gardens. ECOLOGY The larvae are parasitoids of caterpillars of the locally common moth Orthopygia glaucinalis (Lepidoptera, Pyralidae) which lives saprophagously in a wide range of decaying vegetable matter such as haystacks, thatch, nests and dreys, etc. Adults from May to September. STATUS About a dozen widely-scattered post-1960 localities, though possibly still under-recorded. It can occur regularly, though sparsely, in gardens. THREAT Conversion of sites to intensive agriculture or forestry; changes in the grazing management of grassland, leading to scrub invasion and a loss of floristic richness and diversity within sites. MANAGEMENT Maintain sites in a natural state with a range of vegetation types, using rotational grazing management on grassland if necessary and maintaining open rides and clearings in woods, ensuring a wide range of trees, shrubs and herbs.
Shaw & Ford (2000)-
SubfamilyTACHININAE TribeMINTHOINI
NBN code NBNSYS0000030090 BRC code 14201
StatusNotable/Nb BENHS drawer7.5 2m
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