British Wildlife 21.5 June 2010

Flies of exposed riverine sediments

Exposed riverine sediments are shoals, spits an banks of recently deposited mineral material left by rivers and streams once floodwater has subsided. On the face of it, it is just lifeless sand and gravel scoured by floods and almost free of vegetation. But this apparently barren habitat supports a unique suite of insects. 

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