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Downland Villa, Bushy Park, Middlesex

Observed: 20th July 2013 By: Martin Harvey
Berkshire Moth GroupFSC - Field Studies CouncilSoldierflies and Allies Recording SchemeBuckinghamshire Invertebrate Group
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Villa cingulata - 20-Jul-2013-Bushy Park - edited-001
Villa cingulata - 20-Jul-2013-Bushy Park-001
Villa cingulata - 20-Jul-2013-Bushy Park - edited
flower meadow - Bushy Park-003

The Downland Villa bee-fly was feared extinct, having not been recorded during the latter half of the 20th century. But it was re-discovered in the Cotswolds in 2000, and has been seen regularly there and in the Chilterns. However, it was still a surprise to find it in a London park, the first record for this part of the world.
Two individuals were seen, flying low among the vegetation in a lovely flower-rich meadow at Bushy Park (see habitat photo), during a Field Studies Council course.

Species interactions

No interactions present.


stevegregory's picture

A nice find!

A nice find!

ophrys's picture


Yes...good to see the range apparently expanding. Lucky you.


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