Species details

Platycheirus immarginatus (Zetterstedt, 1849)


The larva is predaceous on the aphid Trichocallis cyperi, although there are a variety of non British records relating to a range of other aphids that may actually relate to laboratory breeding projects. The adults occur within rank low vegetation and may be found visiting the flower heads of sedges Carex sp. and grasses in keeping with other related species. This is a wetland species that occurs in coastal grazing marshes, tidal rivers and other brackish marshes. Northern inland locations have a rich fringe of sedges on the banks of rivers and lakes.


A difficult species to identify, especially the separation from P. perpallidus, and the characters given by Stubbs & Falk (2002) and van Veen (2004) to separate females of these two species are not reliable. The records, taken at face value, include many from inland locations. However, if only records based on males are accepted then it appears to be an entirely coastal species. It has been claimed to occur at inland localities, notably in the Spey Valley in Scotland, but we have yet to see a male specimen taken inland.


Lower Risk (Nationally scarce) - Ball & Moris, 2010. Notable - Falk, 1991.