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Black-horned Gem - Microchrysa polita

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image species author location uploaded taken select
Black-horned Gem Black-horned Gem - Microchrysa polita dylan Golden Hill Allotments 27 Jun 2021, 11:01 a.m. 19 Jun 2021, 4:41 p.m.
Black-horned Gem Black-horned Gem - Microchrysa polita dylan Laundry Lane 30 May 2022, 7:43 p.m. 30 May 2022, 3:48 p.m.
Black-horned Gem Black-horned Gem - Microchrysa polita dylan Laundry Lane 30 May 2022, 7:43 p.m. 30 May 2022, 3:48 p.m.

Species Description

Widespread and locally common throughout England and Wales becoming scattered in Scotland. Habitat includes: woodland, parks, gardens, allotments, churchyards, hedgerows, wasteland etc. Life story: The larvae develop in decomposing substances such as compost, grass cuttings, dung, manure etc. Flight period: March to October. Females sometimes congregate around compost heaps.