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Observed: 25th June 2012 By: Nick Upton
Added: 26th June 2012
I came across this beefly yesterday feeding on Hogweed in a Wiltshire chalk grassland site and am pretty sure it's a Villa sp. The best known UK species is Villa modesta, but that lives in coastal sand dunes. From the habitat this is more likely to be Villa venusta (Heath Villa) or Villa cingulata (Downland Villa), the only other UK Villa spp. and both are rare. I know Villa are tricky but is it possible to ID the species?