Species Accounts

Clemelis pullata (Meigen, 1824)

Synonymspullata (Meigen, 1824 - Tachina)
Shaw & Ford (1991)-
Belshaw (1993)Hosts: Pyralidae (Lepidoptera), in 2 studies found to be an important parasitoid of Marganitia sticticalis. Also a few records from other microlepidoptera. The only British record (Hadena bicrunis (Parmenter, 1953)) is a misidentification. British distribution: S.England (Headley in Surrey 16.vii.1950 NHM; Eynesford l0.vi. and 11.viii.1934 NHM and BCM and Soakham Down 6.viii.1938 UMO both in Kent; Lea Valley in Essex*). Rarer in northern Europe although range extends to northern Sweden and Finland (Tschorsnig, pers. comm.). Flight period: in Europe 2 generations per year, May/June and August (Tschorsnig, pers. comm.).
Tschorsnig & Herting (1994)Europe to Sweden Finland (main distribution in Southern Europe); HE BW BY NB / A CH. Dry warm forest edges meadows bushes. 2 generations: Mid May to End June and (more numerously) Early July to End September. In warmer Central Europe locally common in the North very rare (frequent in Southern Europe). Loxostege sticticalis L. and different Pyralidae rarer reports in a few Psychidae Scythrididae and Tortricidae.
JNCC review (1996)DISTRIBUTION Four records from southern England: Kent (Soakham Down, 1938; Eynesford, 1934); Surrey (Headley, 1950); Essex (Lea Valley). HABITAT Uncertain, but probably the hedgerows and waste ground preferred by its pyralid moth hosts. ECOLOGY Reared from the caterpillars of Pyralidae (Lepidoptera), especially Margaritia sticticalis which feeds on Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris). Adults from June to August. STATUS No recent information, and probably too scarce to be detected by the relatively low level of recording in this group in recent decades. Status revised from ENDANGERED (Shirt 1987). THREAT Changes in management and the subsequent alteration of grassland structure, with scrub invasion. MANAGEMENT Maintain a mosaic of vegetation types using rotational management regimes if necessary to ensure a rich and varied flora including Artemisia, which should in turn support this fly and its hosts. Artemisia prefers sites with a history of disturbance.
Shaw & Ford (2000)-
NBN code NBNSYS0000030211 BRC code 7601
StatusRDB2 [from RDB1] BENHS drawer3.7 -
* mapping provided courtesy of the National Biodiversity Network (NBN); all other content is copyright Chris Raper and respective authors/creators.

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