Salt Marsh Flies at Upton Warren Pools

By David M. Green

The Flash Pools of Upton Warren near Droitwich are naturally saline, originally formed by subsidence following underground salt extraction.

Melanum laterale (Diptera: Chlopidae) a common salt marsh species, all records at coastal sites listed by Ismay 1999. Identified using Ismay 1998.

Molophilus pleuralis (Diptera: Limoniidae). A very local small cranefly tolerant of quite brackish conditions in marshes & ditches mainly near coast, rare inland Alan E Stubbs (1986-1984).

Acknowledgement: Harry Green collected these species August 1998.

References

STUBBS Alan E 1986-1994 in Ball Stuart G 1994 Recorder 3.3 (recording software). JNCC.
ISMAY John W 1998 Chloropid flies Diptera: Chloropidae. Unpublished draft key.
ISMAY John W 1999 The British & Irish genera of Chlopinae (Dipt., Chloropidae). Ent.Mon.Mag. 135:1-37.

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