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Bristly Oxtongue

Observed: 11th August 2012 By: jeremyrjeremyr’s reputation in Plantsjeremyr’s reputation in Plantsjeremyr’s reputation in Plantsjeremyr’s reputation in Plants

On ground at the edges of the works areas, providing a useful food source at the moment for several hoverflies

Species interactions

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Species with which Bristly Oxtongue (Picris echioides) interacts


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Looks very much like Scaeva selenitica.


PS: Just noticed that you put this on It is a migrant species, as well, I think. I am finding it far more than ever before, this year, in the Vale of York. My main site I have been watching well for number of years and I had never had one there before this it is there every visit, and in decent numbers, some days. Super fly.


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yes, I'm checking it just now on diptera info. Need to get to know all these food-plants a bit more thoroughly though

I was puzzled that it was miles from any conifers, and I'm still sure the one I saw nearby a couple of weeks ago but failed to photo was scaeva p. as it was whiteish, this looked noticeably darker and more yellow. Early morning seems to do the trick, lots of dasysyrphus about too

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Do you want to know that Bristly Oxtongue is Helminthotheca echioides now?

No, I don't really want to know either.

The name change is probably well-founded though.

In this case, the plant appears to be var. pratensis, with narrower leaves than the common plant.


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name update

thanks Alan, for the new name. I assume you mean it's well-founded as it clarifies the genus?.
I wonder also if there's more than one variety here in the park

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