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Xylota segnis 18204

Observed: 26th June 2013 By: Wildlife Ranger
Freshwater Environment & Ecology Trust
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Description:

Unlike many of the Hovers this species rarely visit flowers Larvae found in of decaying wood
This one exhibitted xome interesting behaviour walking up and down the grass stem in opp directions wiggling its abdomen - some would say - strutting its stuff

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Wiggling behaviour

I was also puzzled by this - I've seen it a lot lately. According to one source, it is mimicking a wasp's flight pattern to deter predators.

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Hover Behaviour

Yes it was quite interesting to watch . it seemed to move up and down the stem in alternate directions wiggling the abdomen , I thought perhaps a mating ploy I have not seen the other wasp mimics do this not to say that they dont

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