Friday, 13 July 2012
Claife Heights, 9th July 2012
The species can be recognisd by its dry, scaley cap, brittle flesh and a very faint smell of garlic. H. helobia is most often associated with the edge of wetland areas and these two were growing on the side of the path in wet, peaty soil.
Another nice find was the larva of the other species of Microdon hoverfly in Cumbria, M. myrmicae. The slug-like larvae of this species feed on ant grubs of Myrmica ants in grass tussocks and Sphagnum hummocks in wetland areas. Two larvae of M. myrmicae were found in just such an ant nest in a Sphagnum hummock by Wise Een tarn.